Turkish construction company, Limak Insaat, has contracted Mammoet for the transportation and installation works for the USD4.3 billion terminal construction project at Kuwait International Airport.

Limak Insaat is constructing the terminal, which is expected to significantly increase the capacity of the airport, on behalf of the Kuwait Ministry of Public Works.

Mammoet will install 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 1,600 tonnes and 72 axle lines of SPMTs. 

"Early involvement of a heavy lifting specialist is key on projects of such a large scale," explained Mammoet's project manager Andre Hefft. "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."

Replacing the existing terminal, it will feature three symmetrical wings of departure gates. Each facade spans 1.2 km.

For the construction of the terminal, Limak İnşaat is also utilising 26 Potain tower cranes, including six 50-tonne capacity MD 1100 units supplied by Manitowoc, on the terminal construction project . 

Manitowoc's distribution partner in the Middle East, NFT, has supplied the cranes for the project. 

"The six MD 1100 cranes will lift the heaviest materials on site including concrete beams and columns, while two MC 125 units will lift the lighter loads," said Ghady El Hachem, NFT sales executive. 

"The 18 MD 365 cranes are ideal for the main steel structure and will also assist with concrete handling work." 

The cranes will also be used for the construction of the roof canopy on the terminal building, which will feature 66,000 solar panels. The panels will generate around 10 percent of the building's electricity requirements.

Spread across 708,000 sq m, the terminal will have the capacity to handle 25 million passengers a year and accommodate all aircraft types through 51 gates. The new terminal is expected to come online in six years.