Mabey Bridge supports major new oil refinery programme in Bahrain

Maybe bapcoMabey Bridge has successfully delivered two critical construction sites access bridges in support of a multi-billion-dollar modernisation and infrastructure improvement programme led by the Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco)

The Bapco Modernisation Programme (BMP), which constitutes Bapco's largest capital investment in its 90-year history, is designed to increase its refining capacity, as well as improve energy efficiency, with a vision to becoming one of the most competitive and environmentally-compliant oil refineries in the region, in support of the kingdom of Bahrain's comprehensive, kingdom-wide economic development programme “Bahrain Economic Vision 2030,” where infrastructure improvements play a vital role.

Mabey Bridge's role was to support the construction of Bapco's new industrial facilities with the supply of two two-lane bridges. The aim was to facilitate easy access of construction vehicles and deliveries of specialist equipment to the construction site, without any interference to the local road network.

Two identical Compact 200 bridges were supplied to meet the requirement, each one sized 27m x 6.3m, complete with parapets and anti-skid decks. They were installed in one week side­-by-side to provide an access route in both directions, so the project could begin as soon as possible.

The two-way spans helped ensure that the main roadways would be clear of large construction vehicles and civilian transportation would not be interrupted in any way. Post-installation technical assistance was also provided by Mabey Bridge to ensure extra-heavy load requirements were met.

On behalf of the Owner’s Integrated Project Management Team (Bapco and Worley), BMP project director Hafedh AlQassab said, “The quality of service provided by Mabey Bridge, in the design and installation of the bridge, was first-rate and recognized by all stakeholders as a positive addition to the BMP Project allowing the safe movement of materials from the main project laydown area to the site.”

Michael Treacy, CEO at Mabey Bridge, added, “We're extremely proud to be playing a role in this prestigious programme in Bahrain. The provision of quick, safe access to site for construction traffic is of paramount importance and we are delighted to have been able to demonstrate how modular steel solutions can deliver real project efficiencies in transformational construction projects like this.”

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