Cavotec Middle East, the UAE-based subsidiary of global engineering group Cavotec MSL, has announced that it has received a milestone order to supply and install 53 advanced fuel hydrant systems and related materiel at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) as part of the aviation hub’s modernisation programme.
Under the terms of the order, Cavotec is to supply 44 hydrant pits, including Cavotec Dabico Cla-Val hydrant valves, and nine DAB-24 pits for low point drains and high point vents. Low point drain pits remove non-fuel fluids and other contaminants that can accumulate in aircraft fuel pipelines. Deliveries are due for completion in early August.
Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Juergen Strommer, Managing Director of Cavotec Middle East, said, “India’s thriving aviation sector is a focal market for Cavotec now and we are pleased to be supporting Mumbai International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the region, in their efforts to modernise their technologies and expand their operations. Cavotec has become the equipment supplier of choice for airport expansion programmes in the region and we are very honoured to have achieved this repute.”
The fuel hydrant systems project is one element in the first phase of a two-stage expansion programme at the airport. Launched in 2006, the improvements are designed to meet booming demand in India’s rapidly expanding aviation sector. The plans include a new terminal, a new air traffic control system and new taxiways and upgrades of existing terminals.
CSIA, formerly Sahar International Airport, currently handles more than 25 million passengers annually, and is served by international carriers such as Emirates, Lufthansa, British Airways and Cathay Pacific. CSIA is also a domestic hub for several Indian airlines including Air India, Blue Dart Aviation, Kingfisher, GoAir, Indian Airlines, IndiGo, Jet Airways, JetLite and SpiceJet.
“This project is a major breakthrough for Cavotec in India, and we look forward to continuing our close cooperation with the customer, and to providing expert training and support,” commented Nicklas Pihl, Managing Director of Cavotec India.
Cavotec Middle East recently signed a EUR 30 million contract with the Bahrain Airport Company to supply and integrate a range of environmentally friendly ground service equipment for remote aircraft aprons, as part of Bahrain International Airport’s planned $4.7 billion expansion. The contract is one of the group’s most valuable deals and has marked the airport systems innovator’s first time to deliver an end-to-end solution in the Middle East.