Iveco Astra has recently delivered a fleet of 131 special vehicles to customer ENAGEO (Entreprise Nationale Geophysique) in Algeria. ENAGEO is part of the SONATRACH group, a company owned by the Algerian government and a leading global player in the extraction, energy, oil and gas sector. The company's operations are based mainly in Algeria, but it also operates around the world in Mali, Libya, Nigeria, Egypt, a number of European countries, Latin America and the USA.
The delivery includes 4x4 and 6x6 all-wheel drive vehicles for logistics and support that use the HD9 as a base. They have been designed and built in record time for a public tender that was won at the end of last year and they will be used for seismic surveys in Algeria.
The job order includes a variety of specialised configurations and versions, such as vehicles equipped with fuel and water tanks, trucks for transporting people, tractors and refrigerated vehicles, all of which have been designed and built to work in the desert on extremely rugged terrain and in the most adverse weather conditions. It is in precisely these circumstances that HD9 vehicles are able to demonstrate their extremely robust and versatile nature, which is what makes Iveco Astra the group's specialised brand for the heavy off-road industry.
Features that have been developed specifically for the mission that these vehicles will have to face include special reinforced leaf springs at the front, ADR systems for transporting hazardous materials, the Steyr 2000 transfer unit, enlarged tanks and special desert tyres to handle the long and uneven desert tracks.
In addition to these special characteristics, Iveco Astra HD9 vehicles are also distinguished by their now renowned heavy-duty components, including the broad stainless steel chassis (820 mm) which is ultra robust, highly resistant (530 MPa) and has sections with large dimensions (320 x 90 x 10 mm), the closed-loop undercarriage shoulder that lends strength and stability to the entire structure of the chassis, the state-of-the-art driveline, and the simple electronic architecture, all of which has been designed to guarantee robustness and reliability in the most challenging off-road applications.
Turin, 3 October 2016