Modification to Aprons 2 and 3 in King Adbulaziz International Airport - Jeddah for Saudias new fleet

Project Details
  • Client: Ministry of Defence and Aviation, International Airports Projects
  • Location: Jeddah
  • Starting Date: June - 2000
  • Completion Date: September - 2001
  • Contract Value: SAR 31,415,348
  • Contract Value: USD 8,377,426
  • Scope of work: Civil, Runways
Project Info

 This project involves designing of major and minor modifications in existing Aprons # 1 thru # 5 that are essentially needed to accommodate Saudia’s new Fleet of Aircraft. The project has a total site area of 202, 726 m2 and total built up area of 29, 813 m2. Construction work will be performed on Apron 2 (to accommodate 9 Type “E” Aircraft) and Apron # 3 (to accommodate 17 Type “D” Aircrafts).

Project Elements:

Civil (65 %):

  1. Cutting and removal of existing PCC pavement.
  2. Excavation to modify the existing fuel pipes and electrical duct banks.
  3. Backfilling and reinstating new PCC slabs totaling 212 pcs. (size: 7.5 x 7.5 x 0.3 m) for both aprons.
  4. Extension of (17,888 m2) to apron 2 consisting of earthworks, backfilling, asphalting and new PCC (size: 5 x 4.5 x 0.37 m).
  5. Concrete pouring (11,500 m3) for both aprons.
  6. New pavement markings and signages.

Mechanical (13 %):
Supply and install 35 new fuel hydrant pits, modify the existing fuel lines and provide new 6” and 10” seamless black steel pipes to furnish new stand configuration, including connection of drainage from Pits to existing network. The work includes testing and commissioning.

Electrical (16 %):
Supply and install 35 new 400 Hz (90 KVA) electrical pits, modify and construct new dust banks and lay cables to supply power to use new 400 Hz electrical pits, including connection of drainage from Pits to existing network. The work includes testing and commissioning.

Challenges and Highlights:
The greatest challenge was to execute the project while the airport, which is considered one of the most crowded and busiest in the world, was fully operational. The challenge was overcome without affecting any other operation carried out in the airport.