Shell Supplies Bitumen Solutions For Frankfurt Airport Runway Maintenance
Dec 3, 2015
Shell Bitumen recently supplied its solutions for Frankfurt Airport’s Centre Runway maintenance project earlier this year.
Passenger traffic at Frankfurt Airport is projected to reach up to 73 million passengers every year by 20211, making it one of the busiest airports in the world.
Shell Bitumen supplied its high quality Shell Cariphalte polymer modified bitumen (PMB); its ability to cool quickly enabled contractors to remove and replace the runway’s four-centimetre thick asphalt surface with 80,000 sqm meters worth of asphalt in just 72 hours. According to Fraport AG, the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport, around 20,000 metric tonnes of asphalt were removed and replaced – weighing almost the same as 16,000 cars.
Shell Bitumen has been involved in paving German airports for years. Aside from Frankfurt, Shell has also supplied its solutions to Baden-Baden, Berlin Schönefeld, Braunschweig, Hamburg, Heringsdorf, Lübeck and Parchim.
Notes to Editors
- In 2003, Shell also provided its products and expertise for Frankfurt Airport’s ambitious project to fully renovate and resurface its North and South runways. Handling over 200,000 aircraft movements every year, the airport could not afford to close the runways. They were to remain fully operational between 6am and 1030pm every day for the duration of the project. Using Shell Cariphalte mixed with a special additive enabling lower application temperatures, contractors were able to remove and repave15m sections of the runways at night while the runways were closed. This extraordinary project lasted for 300 nights, and used over 425,000 tonnes of asphalt in a 60-cm thick asphalt layer on the compacted gravel and sand runway foundation. The low application temperature of 135°C instead of 180°C and the application of Shell’s special additives allowed the compound to cool and harden quickly.
- Shell Bitumen provides its solutions at over 100 airports and airfields around the world, including eight of the world’s top 10 busiest airports by international passenger traffic.2
- Shell Bitumen is the world’s largest bitumen marketing business with over 1,600 customers in over 30 countries. Shell supplies around 12,000 tonnes of bitumen daily (4.38 million tonnes a year). It supplies enough bitumen to resurface around 450km of roads daily or one lane kilometre of road every four minutes.
- Shell manufactures bitumen in strategic locations around the world, including Germany, Netherlands, Singapore and the United States.
- Shell supplies a wide range of high quality bitumen products, from standard-grade bitumen to special polymer-modified bitumen (PMB), which are marketed under the brand name Shell Cariphalte, and can be used in applications such as highways, urban roads, including porous asphalts for sustainable urban drainage systems. It is also ideal for use in high stress and heavily trafficked locations such as airport runways, racetracks, roundabouts and bus lanes. It can also be particularly beneficial in high stress applications such as rail, ports, bridge decks, crack relief systems or overlaying concrete pavements and expansion joints.
- Shell Bitumen operates a dedicated bitumen research and development centre in Bangalore, India and regional solution centres in China, France and Thailand.
- Shell Bitumen offers a portfolio of bitumen solutions designed for use in a wide variety of applications, including airports, highways, city roads, heritage areas, etc.
2 Annual World Air Traffic Report 2014, Airports Council International
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