Hungary's Mátra power plant began operating the world's largest compact excavator, the plant announced. Acquisition of the excavator and placing it into operation cost HUF 8.1 billion (€28.85 million).
The machine, which is seven stories high, is able to move 12 million cubic meters of refuse and lignite per year, giving it the largest capacity in the world ahead of one operated in Dallas. The machine weighs 2,310 tonnes and is able to excavate 6,700 cubic meters of earth per hour.
The excavator will provide 35 new jobs at the Bükkábrány mine. Mátra generates 15% of the electricity used in Hungary.
It extracts 8 million - 8.5 million tons of lignite at its mines in Bükkábrány and Visonta and uses it to fuel its 950 MW power plant at Visonta. (MTI - Econews)