The RTs have lifted a wide range of materials, but have primarily handled structural steel for the construction of hydrocarbon facilities. The cranes were dispatched to the various job sites earlier this year and comprise a range of models from the 20t (22 USt) Grove RT522 up to the 90t (100 USt) Grove RT9100. Grove dealer Kanoo Machinery sold all of the cranes.

Srini Kadaba, divisional manager at Kanoo Machinery, said the large number of Grove RTs working in the area was the direct result of the close relationship enjoyed by Kanoo, CCIC, and MCG.

“Grove rough-terrain cranes are very popular in the Middle East largely because we are committed to our customers and committed to the products we sell,” he said. “Kanoo’s long-standing relationship with its customers and with Grove can only improve. With the new facility soon opening in Dubai, we are assured of the company’s commitment to the Middle East market.”

Job sites include Saudi Aramco’s Haradh Gas Processing facilities in the†south of Saudi Arabia, right on the edge of ‘The Empty Quarter’; a Chevron project in Jubail; the Khursaniyah Gas Plant and Producing Facilities located in Saudi’s Eastern Province; and the Rabiq Olefins Plant Projects in the west of the country. The construction projects will finish in March 2008, at a total cost of nearly US$2 billion.

CCIC’s head office is in Athens, Greece, but it has over 40 offices worldwide, including ten in Saudi Arabia. Its two main Saudi offices are located in Riyadh and Khobar. CCIC has 175 cranes in its fleet,†100 of which are Grove rough-terrain cranes.

Kanoo Machinery is part of the Kanoo Group, one of the largest family-owned groups of companies in the Gulf region. The machinery subsidiary has been operating for over 40 years, and remains a loyal Grove mobile crane dealer.