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Picking the plant

Funchal airport's £250M runway extension is by far the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken on Maderia. With no heavy construction equipment available locally, rigs, cranes and drilling equipment was transported to site from the Netherlands by barge. This meant contractor NGT could not easily bring in alternative equipment if it was found to be inappropriate. Given the difficult and complex ground conditions it was important that the piling method was simple, flexible ...

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