Delhi International Airport is the most important gateway to India. Located to the southwest of the Indian capital New Delhi, the international airport is a central connector between India and the rest of the world. It serves as a hub for a number of Indian airlines. At the moment, the airport has two terminals; one for domestic flights and one for international flights. Each year, around 16 million international passengers go through its gates. In the space of two years this figure will most likely double to approximately 32 million passengers. By March 2010, a new, state-of-the-art terminal will cater to the airport’s international traffic – Terminal 3.
Work began on the new terminal in December 2006 with the project scheduled for completion within a period of just over three years. With an area of two square kilometers Terminal 3 will be the fastest completed airport project of this magnitude in the world. The total costs for this major project will run about two billion dollars.
The security of the airport’s visitors is of utmost importance to the Indian GMR Group, the owner of Delhi International Airport. Minimax was given the contract for the full security of Terminal 3. The complexity of the fire protection technology being implemented in the airport is of an unimaginable scale: A dense network of 85,000 sprinklers will protect all areas of the new airport building from fire hazards. The entire length of the pipe work will amount to some 400 kilometers. Four pumps running on electronic and diesel power will supply water to the sprinkler system. The construction standard used in the sprinkler system is the North American NFPA norm and the system will conform to seismic design category 5.
To adequately protect sensitive switch rooms and systems, there shall be 75 extinguishing systems and 54 low pressure fine spray sprinkler systems. 550 interior and exterior hydrants as well as 10,600 water, powder, foam and CO2 extinguishers will be installed for direct, mobile extinguishing use.
The fire detection system is an additional fundamental component intrinsic to the responsible security management of Delhi International Airport. 34,000 fire alarms connected to a total of 163 fire detection control panels will detect and protect against fire hazards and incipient fires 24 hours a day.
In total, this immense fire protection project employs over 900 engineers, business staff, and fitters. By November 2009, Minimax’s job will be done and the new Delhi International Airport Terminal 3 Building will be fully fire-protected.
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Minimax, founded in 1902 with its head office in Bad Oldesloe, is an internationally leading full-service provider in fire protection. The company’s in-house research center is one of Europe’s most contemporary. The group of companies generated sales of around 700 million euros in the year 2007 and employs a staff of 4,700 worldwide. Further information at www.minimax.de.