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[ECUADOR - Paving the way on new international airport in Quito . . . .cont]


Caterpillar dozers and motor graders where used extensively in preparing the ground for the new airport.They worked in 8.5 m width. A number of features proved that the machines were well up to the task despite the thin air at that altitude and the relatively rigid material. The most important among them was the well thought out machine concept of VÖGELE's “all-rounder.” This starts with the powerful PERKINS engine delivering 129.6 kW at just 2,000 rpm. The modern, quiet-running engine comes with an electronic management system for a constant operating speed. Furthermore, efficient cooling is also crucial to the success of major projects as the construction of the runway at Quito International Airport. Caterpillar dozers and motor graders where used extensively in preparing the ground for the new airport.

Caterpillar dozers and motor graders where used extensively in preparing the ground for the new airport.

For efficient cooling, the SUPER 1800-2 comes with a large cooler assembly. Innovative air routing, in the system ensures optimal cooling of the engine coolant, hydraulic oil and charge air – even with the paver operating at full load and at high ambient temperatures up to 50 °C.

The paving team was fully satisfied with the VÖGELE technology: “Despite the heavy workload, everything went smoothly. The SUPER pavers work like clockwork.” After this thoroughly positive experience, the asphalt surfacing will be paved with the same machines.

Extensive ground preparation works

The New Quito International Airport (NQIA), the most modern of its kind in South America, is being constructed with the support and guarantee of the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), the Government of Canada’s international contracting agency.

• 25 kilometres east of Quito
• Length of section: 4,100 m
• Width of section: 45 m
• Total area: 184,500 m²
• Pave width: 8.5 m
• Layer Thickness: 25 cm
• 38,000 m² terminal

In 2005, CCC signed a $413 million contract to act as prime contractor for the construction of the New Quito International Airport in Ecuador.

The main contractor is Aecon AG Constructores S.A and the clients are Quiport S.A. - a Concession owned by Aecon Group Inc., Andrade Gutierrez Consessoes S.A and Airport Development Corporation

Quito City is construction appropriate infrastructures for the new airport with the construction of a new 4.2 km road and a water pipeline to the area where the new terminal building is located. The new airport will begin operating in 2011 and will have a capacity to receive more than four million passengers per year and a loading capacity of 270.000 tons.[CW]


major earthworks at Quito International airport


Vogele brochure
Vogele Super 1800-2




vidoe dof Quito International Aiport

Videos courtesy of Aecon AG constructores S.A. Ecuador 2009


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