Turkish construction company Limak Insaat has awarded a contract to heavy lifting and transport specialist Mammoet for the new $4.3bn terminal construction project at Kuwait International Airport.

Under the terms of the contract, Mammoet will be responsible for executing the transportation and installation works for the terminal, which is being constructed by Limak Insaat on behalf of the Kuwait Ministry of Public Works.

“We are proud to be involved in such a prestigious project that contributes to the development of the country’s economy.”

The replacement terminal is expected to increase passenger capacity at the airport to 25 million annually.

It has a trefoil plan featuring three symmetrical wings of departure gates. Each facade spreads over an area of 1.2km and extends from a 25m high central space.

Mammoet will install all precast sections of the terminal’s main structure, which includes 804 concrete elements each weighing between 200 and 360t.

Nine crawler cranes ranging in capacity from 600 to 1,600t and 72 axle lines of self-propelled modular transporters (SPMT) will be used to complete the project.

Mammoet Middle East and Africa managing director Martijn Kuipers said: “We are very pleased that Limak Insaat has selected Mammoet as their heavy lifting partner and are proud to be involved in such a prestigious project that contributes to the development of the country’s economy.”

The first precast element has been successfully installed in a tandem lift using two 600t crawler cranes.

Mammoet project manager Andrew Hefft said: “On this project, we were able to offer our engineering input and advice on the selection of the right equipment to increase the overall efficiency of the project. Our client was able to fine-tune and adapt the initial strategy to optimise the entire construction approach.”