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FIBREFENCE fencing systems celebrate the new 3,800m-long runway of the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) in 2021


Hong Kong Airport Authority selected FibreFENCE (a brand of Fibre Net Spa, an associated company of Air Tech Italy), as strategic partner for the third runway construction project, a 18.26bn U$ worth investment overall. The contractor, Sapr JV, awarded the Italian manufacturer for the supply of several km of the critical radio transparent fencing system.

The Challenge

Due to the significant growth rates in passenger, cargo traffic and aircraft movements over the past decade, the Chek Lap Kok International Airport (HKIA), the main airport in Hong Kong, has come up with the Master Plan 2030, which outlined the future development plans of the area to cope the growing demand. According to IATA’s estimations, the airport will handle over 100 million passengers, 8.9mt cargo and 607,000 aircraft movements annually by 2030. After a public consultation, local authorities made the decision to expand airport capacity through the construction third runway (3RS) from the existing two-runway system (2RS). Thanks to its exclusive production technology and construction design, FibreFENCE has been recognized internationally as the best solution to fence and protect airports sensitive areas surrounding ILS or Radars equipment and devices. As a result, it has been included as mandatory feature in the tender specification of the entire project by the Hong Kong Airport Authority.

FibreFENCE Solution

The public tender was awarded to Sapr Jv, a Joint Venture composed of Sinohydro Corporation Ltd, Powerchina Construction Company Ltd, Paul Y Construction Company Ltd and Rock-One Engineering Company Ltd. Sapr Jv has chosen FibreFENCE thanks its exclusive production technology and construction design meet the ICAO standards in terms of radio transparency and frangibility so as the security in the sensitive areas is guaranteed. Moreover, FibreFENCE fencing systems fit with the airport infrastructures design, keep initial investment very low and reduce maintenance nearly to zero.

As a matter of fact, lead time and delivery consistency are always critical factors in such huge and complicate projects: chain strength depends on weakest link, and any small delay in the supply chain can trigger a huge delay on global time schedule. On this regard, Fibre Net production know-how and reliability was the key to meet  with the challenging roadmap imposed by the contractor, while the simple and fast installation helped the contractor to complete this task in short time reducing overall costs.

The Outcome

Fibre Net provided over 6,0km of FibreFENCE mesh, with an option for further 3,3 km, which will be used for the construction of a radio transparent fence to separate the existing airport area from new one. The installation is very fast and easy, msh is extremely lightweight and its insallation doesn’t need special lifting devices or cranes on site, reducing consistently overall installation costs compared to any other solution. Mesh dimensions ensure a great visibility to improve active and passive security, while its great mechanical resistance is a guarantee against intrusion attempts and severe weather conditions typical of this region. To avoid also small wildlife intrusions, it is possible to bury part of the mesh into the ground, and to use a smaller mesh on the part closer to the ground, according to most recent Aviation Authorities recommendations.

Benefits to the Client

FIbreFENCE MESH fences are built directly on site by assembling GFRP mesh, profiles, and wind-bracings. This design makes FIbreFENCE MESH one of the most efficient, durable and cost-effective solution among all radio-transparent certified fencing systems available on the market. They are compatible with most common intrusion detection and monitoring/control systems. Design, engineering and manufacturing are tailored according to customer’s specifications and needs. Beside ICAO compliances, Fibre Net FIbreFENCE meets also “Sheet 7 – Types and Requirements of Airport Fences” specifications, and have been approved by Inter-ministerial Committee for Security of the Italian Ministry of Transports. Thanks to all these benefits and advantages, FIbreFENCE fences have been already installed in many different airports worldwide

Article by Fibre Net