Sri Lankan conglomerate Diesel and Motor Engineering PLC (DIMO) has won a project to deliver, deploy and maintain elevators, escalators and moving walks at Velana International Airport (MLE) in Male, Maldives.

The development is said to be one of the ‘biggest mobility-related projects’ in the Maldives and among the few projects covering all three types of transportation methods, namely elevators, escalators and moving walks.

DIMO will execute this project in collaboration with mobility solutions provider TK Elevator.

Throughout the pre-sale, tendering and implementation phases, DIMO received support from TK Elevator.

Under the project, the airport will receive 23 elevators, 14 escalators and four horizontal moving walks from DIMO.

In a statement, DIMO said: “The strong project reference base in the space of ‘Building Services’ and the technical expertise of DIMO, supported by the market leader status of TK Elevator Company for mobility-related solutions in airport projects worldwide, were significant plus points for DIMO to secure this large-scale project.”

Saudi Binladin Group, a multinational construction conglomerate based in Saudi Arabia, is the main contractor of the project.

China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) is the project’s subcontractor.

DIMO chairman and managing director Ranjith Pandithage said: “DIMO is in the forefront on developing infrastructure in Sri Lanka and recently we have moved forward, expanding our services beyond our shores. Facilitating Velana International Airport of Male is our latest project out of Sri Lanka.”

Velana International Airport serves as the main gateway into the Maldives. It is handled financially and administratively by an independent corporate entity, Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL).

Recently, the airport built a new international passenger terminal building for providing an International Air Transport Association (IATA) Level B service.

The expanded built-up area of over 78,000m² will be able to accommodate nearly 7.5 million passengers per annum.