The first Potain MDT 389 cranes in the Middle East are being used to construct one of the largest retail malls ever built in Egypt—the Almaza City Centre project in the capital city, Cairo. A joint venture between Hassan Allam Sons and Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) is managing all construction work.
Hassan Allam Sons purchased the four Potain MDT 389 cranes for the job after the model was launched globally at the bauma 2016 show in Germany. The cranes were purchased from International Development Programmes (IDP), the exclusive dealer for Potain in Egypt and one of the country’s leading suppliers of heavy construction and industrial equipment. IDP managed the assembly of the cranes on site with assistance from the local Potain technical support team. The first crane was erected in June 2016, while the fourth was completed in August of that year.
For the project, the MDT 389 cranes are lifting concrete and steel to heights of up to 40 m, with loads weighing up to 3.5 t. Engineer Atef Ramzy, plant, machinery and vehicles manager for the joint-venture organisation, said the company was especially pleased with how the cranes have been performing.