NFT supplies 26 Potain cranes for construction of Kuwait International Airport's new terminal

The cranes include six Potain MD 1100, 18 Potain MD 365 and two Potain MC 125 models

Tower cranes, Airport, Nft, Potain


Turkish contractor Limak İnşaat is using 26 Potain tower cranes to construct Kuwait International Airport’s new $4.3 billion passenger terminal. Manitowoc’s distribution partner for much of the Middle East, NFT, has supplied the cranes, which include six high capacity Potain MD 1100 cranes, 18 Potain MD 365 units and two Potain MC 125 cranes.

The cranes are handling a variety of duties including the construction of the single roof canopy on the terminal building which will feature 66,000 solar panels. The panels will generate around 10% of the building’s electricity requirements. The cranes will also help pour 1 million m3 of concrete and over 100,000t of structural steel.

Potain MD 1100 cranes are popular on large infrastructure projects where heavy structural components need to be handled. The scale of the new airport terminal in Kuwait demands six of these special application units. They have a maximum capacity of 50t, while at their maximum jib length of 80m they can lift 10.6t. On this project, the cranes are working with jib lengths of 80m and at working heights of up to 63.5m.

The MD 365 cranes have a maximum capacity of 16t, while at their maximum jib length of 75m they can lift 3.65t. For the job at Kuwait airport, NFT worked with Manitowoc’s Lift Solutions team to adjust the maximum jib length for the cranes to 80m. The 6t capacity MC 125 cranes, meanwhile, are working with 50m jibs and their maximum tip capacity is 1.15t at this distance.

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