‘More Profitable Than Any Other Plant’
ABT SpeedyBatch Perfect Fit For Demanding But Temporary Airport Work
Business executive Jaime Arnó turned to the Ammann ABT 280 SpeedyBatch when he needed both mobility and productivity. Arnó, CEO of Benito Arnó e Hijos SA, landed a contract to provide asphalt for the reconstruction of the main runway at Spain’s Barcelona-El Prat Airport.
It was a demanding job. “For this job, we had to manufacture 24 hours a day for almost a month,” Arnó said. “We produced 140,000 tonnes of asphalt.”
The work was intense, and productivity was required. The ABT 280 SpeedyBatch’s capacity of 280 tonnes per hour was essential.
“The work at Barcelona Airport represents an important challenge for our company,” Arnó said. “It’s a significant amount of work, which makes it difficult. There is a short execution period, as well as the fact it’s the main runway of the airport, and we couldn’t stop all the air traffic.”
As intense as the work was, the job only lasted a month. That meant the transport-optimised nature of the ABT SpeedyBatch was indispensable.
“This plant, thanks to its modular design, let us relocate the most important elements without having to organise any special transport,” Arnó said.
The plant is transport-optimised. No special transport is needed. Cable channels are integrated into catwalks that provide protection during transport. Filler elevators and the associated costs are not necessary because reclaimed and external filler silos are part of the support structure.
Site development costs are also reduced because the plant does not require concrete foundations.
“This plant is ideal for this type of work,” Arnó said. “In a very short period of time, it allows us to dismantle, move it and assemble it again. We then carry out the work at a new location and repeat the dismantling process and move it to another site.”
Arnó knows the process well, as it has been repeated many times – including at other airports. “This plant has already been transferred to other jobsites, such as Madrid-Barajas Airport, which went through practically the same runway renewal work,” he said.
Arnó is convinced only the ABT SpeedyBatch could provide the needed mobility and productivity.
“This plant is the perfect solution,” Arnó said. “Another solution with another type of plant carries higher assembly and dismantling costs, as well as needing more installation time. This plant, therefore, is more profitable than any other type of plant, such as semi-mobile or stationary options.”