Turkish delight on Palm island

Turkish contractor, Bin Beleila Baytur, has won its first contract in Dubai for ten high quality tower blocks on the Palm Jumeirah. To help it, the firm has ordered two Atlas Copco portable air compressors from local dealer Inma.

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By  Colin Foreman Published  December 16, 2004

Turkish delight on Palm island|~||~||~|Bin Belaila Baytur has recently started work on its first project in Dubai, the construction of 10 high-quality, high-rise apartment towers along the seashore of the Jumeirah Palm’s main trunk. To help it on site, the company has taken delivery of two purpose-ordered XAS 186 compressors for essential air power duties. As readers in Dubai will no doubt already be aware, The Palm, Jumeirah and its sister islands the Palm, Jebel Ali and Palm, Deira are (or will be) the world’s three largest man-made islands and are visible from space with the naked eye. Both islands are built in the shape of date palm trees and comprise a trunk, a crown with 17 fronds and a surrounding crescent island – the back of which forms the breakwater. Already ‘hailed’ as the eighth wonder of the world, the three islands will increase Dubai’s shoreline significantly by creating a large number of residential, leisure and entertainment areas. The first two islands alone will support more than 60 luxury hotels, 4000 exclusive residential villas, 1000 unique water homes and 5000 shoreline apartments, marinas, water theme parks, restaurants, shopping malls, sports facilities, health spas, cinemas and various dive sites. The demand from investors for the first two islands led the developer, Nakheel to begin construction of its third island, The Palm, Deira. Bin Belaila Baytur’s contract is the first to be started for the shoreline apartments following completion of the dredging operations to form the complete palm and settlement, which started in June 2001. The Turkish contractor has started work on two sections of the shoreline apartments located along the trunk of the palm: Sector 1 with six high-rise towers and Sector 3 with four towers in a 21-month contract. In total, the contract covers a seashore frontage of approximately 1.5 km, includes four 11-storey towers; three 10-storey towers; two 12-storey towers; and a 13-storey tower. Currently working on the footings for the ten towers, Bin Beleila Baytur is using both newly delivered Atlas Copco compressors to power hand-drills exposing the reinforcement bars of the project’s piles; ready for concrete pours of the first levels. Ordered through local distributor Inma, the recently introduced XAS 186 is powered by a Deutz 4-cylinder diesel engine and is rated to provide an actual free-air delivery of 11.1 m3/min at Bar 7. Whilst apartments vary in size, most typically feature one-three bedrooms and each tower includes two styles of penthouse. By completion, the ten towers will include a total of 585 prestigious apartments. Although having considerable international experience, this is Bin Beleila Baytur’s first contract in Dubai. The company has also recently started its first project in Qatar. “We are extremely pleased to have won the seashore apartments contract on such a prestigious project,” said Ali Raif Ergül. “We are well on schedule even though it is an extremely tight contract period. We are looking forward to receiving additional contracts in the near future,” he added. Bin Beleila Baytur is also using a rental Atlas Copco QAS 14 generating set and floodlight tower on the Palm project. Rated at 13 kVA at 50 Hz, the QAS 14 also provides 9 kW lighting power for a trailer-mounted floodlight mast. After-sales backup for the floodlight tower is provided by Inma. More than 200 million m³ of sand will be brought ashore to provide 120 km of artificial beaches. Before this, however, rocks weighing a total of seven million m³ for each island were transported from 16 different quarries throughout the UAE. The Palm comprises approximately 100 million m³ of sand and rock. If the fill materials used to build the palm island were placed end-to-end, a wall 2 m high and 0.5 m thick would circle the world three times.||**||

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