Bilfinger prepares Munich Airport for take-off to the future

May 06, 2020

  • Engineering and installation of new kerosene pipelines for the expansion of Terminal 1 and the extension of the eastern apron
  • Nearly 7 kilometers of piping to be laid

Servicing roughly 48 million passengers a year, Munich Airport is one of the largest air traffic hubs in Europe and the number of air travelers who use it keeps growing. In order to maintain the quality of the airport’s passenger-handling services, plans are in place to extend the eastern apron by 2021 and to enlarge Terminal 1 by 2023. As part of this twofold project, the industrial services provider Bilfinger will take care of the entire installation of the kerosene pipelines used to refuel the aircraft. This will include engineering, delivery, manufacturing and assembly work as well as the piping’s commissioning. The contract volume amounts to approximately 13 million euros.

Tom Blades, Bilfinger CEO: “Thanks to our comprehensive expertise in pipeline construction, we help make sure that in the future, more aircraft can be refueled safely and efficiently. Our engineers and installation crew realize technically demanding projects such as the expansion of Munich Airport on time and in accordance with the highest standards of quality.”

In order to assure the supply with aviation fuel in the new areas of the airport, the Austrian subsidiary Bilfinger Industrial Services will manage the engineering, fabrication, installation and commissioning of roughly 3,240 meters of piping as part of the expansion of Terminal 1 as well as 3,580 meters on the new apron “Modul C2.5.” A total of six new gate-valve structures and 118 connecting lines with hydrant pits will be constructed for the aircraft-refueling system. Given that fuel pipelines are subject to strict regulatory requirements, the pipes to be used feature a special internal coating. The project also imposes extremely high quality requirements on the welding and connection work to be performed on the kerosene pipelines already in operation; some of these tasks will be performed directly on the maneuvering area. The projects will be executed while air-traffic operations continue in the adjoining aircraft movement areas.

For decades now, Bilfinger Industrial Services has been a leader in the construction of industrial plants, pipelines and storage tanks. For the industrial services provider, these projects will serve as important references for future airport-related projects: The special working environment and security restrictions that characterize such projects dictate that only enterprises with long-standing experience in this line of business be allowed to participate.