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Hitachi excavators put to the test in Senegal

Hitachi ZX280LC-5 excavator at work in Senegal

Hitachi excavators prove their reliability in tough working conditions on a project to improve irrigation in rural Senegal

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ZX280LC-5 working on the irrigation project in rural Senegal


Razel-Bec arrived in Africa 60 years ago. Since then it’s worked on road and dam construction, civil engineering, and land reclamation projects

Razel-Bec employees in Senegal


1,500 people work for Razel-Bec in Senegal, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Benin, Gabon and Ghana

The new irrigation channel in Senegal


This civil engineering project in Senegal aims to increase rice-growing opportunities by excavating 90.5km of new canals – or rehabilitating the existing ones

Left view of the Hitachi ZX280LC-5


The project requires around 200 machines. Razel’s Hitachi fleet includes standard, super long front and amphibious medium excavators – three ZX240LC‑3s, a ZX330LC‑3, ZX350LC‑3 and two ZX280LC‑5s – and a ZW210 wheel loader

Right view of the Hitachi ZX280LC-5


40,000 hectares of formerly redundant rice fields will be irrigated for agricultural use thanks to this project

Hitachi ZX280LC-5 excavator with the setting sun in Senegal


The project received 150million CFA francs in funding from Millenium Challenge Corporation (USA), and is due for completion in June 2015

The Hitachi ZX280LC-5 excavating earth in Senegal


Throughout the entire project, 5,000,000m3 of earth will be excavated

Hitachi ZX280LC-5 with a full bucket of materials


Thierry Sterckeman started working as an operator 41 years ago and is now Razel’s Earthmoving Activities Manager. “The Hitachi Zaxis machines are excellent and they load the trucks efficiently,” he explains

Razel-Bec Fleet Equipment Manager Kristen Petillon


“The standard machines have 98% availability and we are satisfied with the level of productivity. They are also very precise, user-friendly and handle well in this tough terrain.”
Fleet Equipment Manager Kristen Petillon

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