Volvo paves the way for first elevated road in Indonesia

The Indonesian road construction company PT Multi Karya Cemerlang, is currently using a P5320B ABG paver from Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) on the Jakarta Cikampek elevated toll road project. 

The 36.4-km toll road is believed to be the only elevated one in Indonesia. Built on top of an existing toll road, the project aims to reduce traffic congestion and improve distribution of goods and services to and from Jakarta to the rest of the country.

Mr Anggoro, project manager of PT Multi Karya Cemerlang, explained that a challenge on the Jakarta Cikampek project is workers operating the pavers right next to heavy traffic at all times. Plus, PT Multi Karya Cemerlang has to coordinate with other contractors on the project, so it was vital for the company to select equipment that would pave reliably and efficiently.

“The P5230B ABG has proven it is easy to use and high performing,” said Mr Anggoro. ‘‘Our operators say the screed control is amazing. Plus, it’s easy to understand every function on the machine just by looking at the display, which speeds up project completion and reduces downtime.”

On site since August 2019, the P5320B ABG paves asphalt on top of the concrete foundation as part of the elevated toll road project. Working seven days a week for an average of eight hours daily, the paver lays up to 400 t of asphalt daily and is expected to remain on site until December 2019. By then, the paver is expected to lay some 34,000 t of asphalt.

The Volvo P5320B ABG is a tracked sensor paver with a paving width range of 2.5 m to 7 m and can deliver a paving output of 600 t per hour. Powered by an 88 kW Volvo engine, the paver delivers high performance with minimal noise and low fuel consumption. The paver also features load-sensing hydraulics that perfectly matches hydraulic output to all components.

“For this particular project, Volvo CE paver P5320B ABG is perfect as it is equipped with a sonic sensor and a tamper bar, which helps to maintain a consistent paving quality,” said Mr Angorro.

Established in 1998, PT Multi Karya Cemerlang started its business in bridge construction. In 2011, the company expanded and started producing asphalt and providing road construction services for a variety of sectors from municipality to residential developers. Headquartered in Jakarta, the company also has a plant in West Java.

“Apart from the great features of Volvo CE machines, we also chose them because of the support and aftermarket service we receive from PT Indotruck Utama, one of Volvo CE’s Indonesian dealer,” said Mr Anggoro. “The technicians are always responsive and act fast when we need their help.”

The Indonesian government announced earlier this year that it plans to open nine toll roads – done in phases – by the end of the year. The Jakarta Cikampek elevated toll road is one of them. 

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