FINAL PHASE OF AIRFIELD OVERHAUL AT NOVY URENGOY AIR HUB GETS UNDERWAY
The third and final stage of airfield pavement overhaul has commenced at Novy Urengoy Airport. This project involves the reinforcement of prepared airstrips: the runway, taxiways, apron with 15 aircraft parking spaces, as well as the installation of new navigation lights along with the arrangement of water disposal and drainage facilities.
In the coming summer season, construction and assembly works will be carried out at an apron section on the area of about 55,000 square meters, including three taxiways and seven parking ramps. After the construction of airfield pavements as well as grading and leveling works on the unpaved parts is complete, landscaping will be performed on an area of more than 31.5 hectares.
As a reminder, the airfield overhaul started during the construction season of 2020. Upon completion of the first phase, asphalt-concrete pavement was laid on an area of 36,000 square meters, including part of the main taxiway, one of the three taxiways and four parking ramps. At the parking ramps, in addition to pavement reinforcement works, elements of the water disposal and drainage system as well as other essential services were laid, new lighting masts and navigational aids were installed.
As part of the second phase, asphalt concrete paving had been laid on the airport runway by September 2021. More than 120,000 tonnes of bitumen concrete mix were poured on the 2,550-meter-long and 46-meter-wide runway. The works were accomplished in record-breaking time for the Arctic environment: just 4 months and without interrupting the airport’s operations, the builders using 16-hour intervals between flights. They also installed new lighting and navigational equipment on the runway: 694 center-line lights were replaced and PAPI guidance lights were installed for the first time. Four new voltage transforming plants were set up to ensure uninterrupted power supply. Five more aircraft parking ramps were refurbished on the apron.
The airfield overhaul will ensure the required level of flight safety and will enable to increase the intensity of flights to and from Yamal’s largest air hub. The works are carried out by the general contractor Urengoydorstroy.