MT Højgaard expands airport in the Maldives

28. October 2014


Soon more international tourists will be able to fly directly to the southern Atolls of the Maldives. MT Højgaard is to upgrade the Gan Airport to international standard.

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The Gan Airport runway in the southern Addu Atoll of the Maldives is to be extended by 850 metres, and the existing runway is to be upgraded. With a capital sum of USD 19.5 million (DKK 114 million), it is MT Højgaard's largest single project in the Maldives to date in terms of revenue.

The contract is for the laying of a new 130,000 sq.m. surface, and on top of that, a taxi area of 50,000 sq.m. Previously, the runway was as long as the island on which it is situated, but now reclaimed land makes room for the new runway.

The new surface will be of concrete, and as MT Højgaard has its own pre-cast construction plant in the Maldives, the company is very competitive on this particular market.

- Even though pre-cast concrete units will not be used for the runway, we can use our manpower, equipment and workshop facilities from the plant. Our ability to deliver top-quality concrete has been an essential factor when we won this contract, says Steffen Kremmer, Vice President of MT Højgaard.

Experienced people on the project

The airport is run by a public-private consortium, and MT Højgaard already has both the local government and the largest private co-owner as customers. MT Højgaard has run a sound business in the Maldives since 1999 and is known for delivering western quality and using local labour. Because of the size of this contract, MT Højgaard has, however, sent for a project manager and a foreman from Denmark who are to work in warmer climates in the next twelve months.

- We have supplemented our local team with two very experienced employees, one of whom has previously carried out similar projects out here. We now has a very strong team which can deliver the project on time and in high quality, and that will help cement our market position out here, says Steffen Kremmer.

In addition to the airport contract, MT Højgaard has in the recent months signed contracts in the Maldives having a total value of about DKK 160 million.

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