McConnell Dowell is one of the largest contractors in the Pacific with projects currently being undertaken in American Samoa, the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Tonga and Tuvalu. Among the company’s recent projects are runway overlay operations at Fua’amotu International Airport in Tonga and at Bonriki International Airport in Tawara, Kiribati.
Air travel is the primary connection across the Pacific region and each nation’s main airport is of vital importance. So it is not surprising that runway remediation and overlay work is of paramount importance. Maintenance is required across 10- to 15-year cycles in order to ensure runway surfaces meet international standards.
To help complete these twin projects some 2800 kilometres (or 1515 nautical miles) apart, McConnell Dowell secured the services of Synergy PaveSmart for milling and paving technology.
The runway at Bonriki International Airport is 2130 metres long and 45 metres wide and, by project’s end the McConnell Dowell crew overlaid 30,000 ton of material to survey design using PaveSmart technology. A similar volume has been laid at Fua’amotu International Airport in Tonga, making both of these projects substantial in scale.