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Heavy lifting begins for Kuwait's $4.3bn airport terminal

Lifting specialist Mammoet will install all precast sections of the terminal's main structure, which includes 804 concrete elements weighing up to 360 tonnes

Heavy lifting work has begun on Kuwait International Airport's new terminal building by Limak [image: Mammoet].
Heavy lifting work has begun on Kuwait International Airport's new terminal building by Limak [image: Mammoet].

Mammoet has been awarded a contract to work on Kuwait International Airport's new terminal building.

Turkish contractor Limak Insaat, which is building the project, has picked Mammoet for the $4.3bn (KWD1.3bn) project. 

READ: Korean firm to operate Kuwait Int'l Airport terminal

Limak Insaat is developing the terminal for the Kuwait Ministry of Public Works. 

The terminal has a trefoil plan, comprising of three symmetrical wings for departure gates. Each of its façades spans 1.2km, with all of them extending from a 25km central space. 

As part of its contract, Mammoet will install all precast sections of the terminal’s main structure, which comprises 804 concrete elements, each of which weighs between 200t and 360t. 

Mammoet will deploy nine crawler cranes, ranging from 600t to 1600t, as well as 72 axle lines of self-propelled modular transporters (SPMT), for the project. 

Andrew Hefft, project manager at Mammoet, said the early involvement of heavy lifting specialists is important for large-scale projects such as Kuwait's terminal. 

"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," he added. 

"Our client was able to fine tune and adapt the initial strategy to optimise the entire construction approach."

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