Metso delivers six Lokotrack range mobile crushing plants to Shimizu Corporation to assist in a major landfill project being carried out in the 2011 tsunami area in the Tohoku region of Japan. The new-generation LT120 model crushing plants will be used to crush 6-7 million tons of aggregates on a demanding project schedule. The earthquake and tsunami caused significant sinking of the ground level in several coastal areas in the northern part of Honshu island. Before new construction works can begin, the level has to be raised by several meters with aggregates.
The Lokotrack crushing plant fleet is operated by Shimizu, a major Japanese civil engineering and general contracting company specializing in post-tsunami civil works planning and execution. The LT120's were sold by Metso's Japanese distributor UBE Machinery Co. Ltd., who will also take care of the service and parts related tasks. The Lokotracks have been manufactured at Metso's crusher works in Tampere, Finland, and delivered to Japan in spring 2015. At the sites in the Tohoku region, the LT120's operate as single units, producing 0-200 mm aggregates for landfill. All Lokotrack units delivered to Shimizu are equipped with Metso's new boom and hammer combination for easy and safe clearing of any blockages.