Mammoet starts work on Kuwait’s $4.3 billion airport construction project

Mammoet will deploy nine crawler cranes ranging in capacity from 600 to 1600 tonnes and 72 axle lines of self-propelled modular transporters

The first precast element was installed in a tandem lift using two 600-tonne crawler cranes.
The first precast element was installed in a tandem lift using two 600-tonne crawler cranes.

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Mammoet has been contracted by Turkish construction company Limak Insaat to carry out the transportation and installation works for the new $4.3 billion terminal construction project at Kuwait International Airport. Limak Insaat are constructing the terminal on behalf of the Kuwait Ministry of Public Works. The terminal will passenger capacity to 25 million per year and establish a new regional air hub in the region.

The terminal has a trefoil plan, comprising three symmetrical wings of departure gates. Each facade spans 1.2km and all extend from a 25-m-high central space. Mammoet will instal all precast sections of the terminal’s main structure, which consists of 804 concrete elements each weighing between 200 and 360 tonnes. To complete the project, Mammoet will deploy nine crawler cranes ranging in capacity from 600 to 1600 tonnes and 72 axle lines of self-propelled modular transporters (SPMT).

Martijn Kuipers, managing director, Mammoet Middle East and Africa, said: “Early involvement of a heavy lifting specialist is important on projects of such a large scale. On this project we were able to offer our engineering input and advice on the selection of the right equipment to increase the overall efficiency of the project. Our client was able to fine tune and adapt the initial strategy to optimise the entire construction approach.”

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