Cavotec’s Bahrain International Project Takes Shape

Concrete chamber installation for Pop Up Pit

Work on our Bahrain International Airport project – on one of our flagship applications – continues to progress on schedule. The client, the Bahrain Airport Company, recently successfully commissioned the first of 18 Pre-conditioned Air (PCAir) units at the Cavotec Fladung facility in Germany. We expect the final commissioning phase to take place as planned, during Spring 2011.

Our PCAir systems form the centrepiece of this project, one of the largest in Cavotec’s history with a total value of some €30 million. We are also delivering and installing pop-up units, transformer sub-stations, 400Hz power supply systems, a Vacuum Evacuation System, a blue water supply system and a potable water supply system.

While PCAir itself is a highly innovative system, the concept draws together proven and tested engineering expertise from, among others, Alfa Laval and Atlas Copco. The system expands dry compressed air to cool parked aircraft. Pilots often run on-board auxiliary power units (APUs) to cool aircraft. These units can burn between 200 and 600 litres of fuel per hour, polluting airports and consuming fuel that could be used to fly aircraft – not cool them on the ground. It supports airports in creating APU-free aprons, providing the dual benefits of reducing pollution and reducing costs, making the system beneficial to all airport constituencies: airlines, airport operators, and communities surrounding airports.

Front: power cables for PCAir and 400 Hz equipment. Rear: PCAir pipes covered to prevent damage from UV rays.

The Bahrain order is a key element of the airport’s USD 4.7 billion expansion programme, designed to cater for the projected growth in passenger and freight numbers. The expansion, planned over the next 30 years, will triple passenger capacity to 27 million a year. Two new terminals will be opened in the next four years as part of the expansion. Bahrain’s expansion programme will see the creation of 110 aircraft stands, including 87 with contact gates. Bahrain International Airport currently hosts 42 airlines and is home to Bahrain’s Gulf Air and Bahrain Air.

We are looking forward to continuing to work on this exciting project.


Cavotec to supply the Kingdom of Bahrain

Bahrain Airport, photo credit: Bahrain-Attractions.com

Bahrain Airport, photo credit: Bahrain-Attractions.com

The Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain, as represented by the Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), has selected Cavotec to supply and integrate a range of environmentally friendly ground service equipment for remote aircraft aprons at Bahrain International Airport, in a deal worth more than EUR 30 million.

The product and technological scope of the order is especially broad. With 18 of Cavotec’s pre-conditioned air (PCAir) systems forming the centrepiece of the project, Cavotec will also deliver and install pop-up units, transformer sub-stations, 400Hz power supply systems, a Vacuum Evacuation System, a blue water supply system and a potable water supply system. The installation work is due for completion in February 2011 with a subsequent operation and maintenance period for one year.

While the Cavotec PCAir system itself is a new and ground-breaking system, the concept draws together proven and tested engineering expertise from, among others, Alfa Laval, Atlas Copco and Fladung. The well-known company Dar Al-Handasah, one of the world’s leading international consultancies in the airport market, was appointed to handle all contractual and technical specifications surrounding this multi-layered order.

This order is a key element of the Bahrain Airport’s USD 4.7 billion expansion programme designed to cater for the projected growth in passenger and freight numbers. The expansion, planned over the next 30 years, will triple passenger capacity to 27 million a year. Two new terminals will be opened in the next four years as part of the expansion. Bahrain’s expansion programme will see the creation of 110 aircraft stands, including 87 with contact gates. Bahrain International Airport currently hosts 42 airlines and is home to Bahrain’s Gulf Air and Bahrain Air.

The Bahrain Airport Company is wholly owned by Bahrain Mumtalakat Holdings, the investment arm of the Bahrain government, and is responsible for Bahrain International Airport and its related services.

BAC’s long-standing commitment to ‘green’ technologies and the environment has driven systems selection for this project. BAC’s proactive stance on this advanced project comes as interest intensifies ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in the Danish capital Copenhagen. The conference, which runs from December 7 to December 18, will seek to establish new agreements for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to replace the Kyoto Protocol. While estimates put the aviation industry’s contribution to green house gas emissions at around two percent of global emissions, the industry is already taking voluntary steps to reduce this level. BAC’s initiatives are a prime example of these efforts and we are proud to be a part of the movement.