Dynapac Compactors ‘take off’ For Laos

Runway improvement work is underway at Pakse International Airport in Laos. (Dynepac)

Runway improvement work is underway at Pakse International Airport in Laos. (Dynepac)

Six Dynapac vibratory compactors are being used by main contractor Italian-Thai Development during the upgrading and extension works to Pakse International Airport, in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
The airport, one of the three international airports in the land-locked country, is being upgraded under a 320 million baht (US$9.14 million) soft loan from the Thai government.
Italian-Thai, which is carrying out the works under a 234 million baht contract, took delivery of the compactors from Dynapac’s sole distributor in Thailand, the MEC Group.
The renovation will raise the airport’s capacity to support Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 aircraft, which will help promote tourism to Champassak, the southernmost province of Laos.
Upgrade works will expand the runway from its present length of 5,987ft to 8,202 ft (1,825m to 2,500m).  The width of the runway is being increased from 120ft to 143ft (36.6 – 43.8m) by having 4.2 m added to one side and 3 m to the other.  The runway is being paved with asphaltic concrete and a five-storey air control building is being constructed.
MEC’s President for Dynapac, Anuwat Burapachaisri, says that there are four units being used for compaction of the runway sub-base, base course and wearing course.  These are two CA252D single-drum medium-range vibratory soil compactors, and two CP210 pneumatic-tyred rollers, fitted with five steered oscillating front wheels and four traction rear wheels.