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Wednesday, April 11, 2007 - Dubai

Nukote Wins Coating Work on AED115 Million Al-Maktoum Floating Bridge

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Nukote Coating Systems Middle East, the UAE entity of Nukote Coating Systems International, a leading global provider of high technology coating solutions for infrastructure projects, today announced that it has won the coating contract for the AED115 million Al-Maktoum Floating Bridge. H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai had sanctioned The Floating Bridge project on the Dubai Creek as a part of the Government’s ongoing efforts to address the city’s traffic congestion problems.

A total of 25,000 square meters of Nukote CG coating and Polyprime primer will be used to coat the 104 ‘pantoons’ which will form the floatation base of the structure. Pantoons are 20 meter wide hollow concrete blocks cast around polystyrene centers. This enables them to float and hold tremendous weight and pressure from the traffic on top. These kinds of bridges are widely used by the military as they can be built quickly.

“Given the growing traffic pressures throughout Dubai and especially on Al-Maktoum Bridge which endures some 8,000 vehicles driving over it every hour, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) introduced the Floating Bridge project to temporarily alleviate the pressure,” said Michael Osborne, President and CEO of Nukote Coating Systems International. “Our target is to complete the coating the 96 pantoons in less than three months. This means that we will average two to three pantoons, or a surface area of 680 square meters per day. The contractor will be able to submerge and place the pantoons across the waters after only 20 minutes from application.”

The coating process will be conducted in three distinct phases. Surface preparation work on the pantoons entails sweep blasting of the surface, followed by repairing and filling voids with adhesive fillers, followed by the application of a special fast curing Nukote primer which seals the concrete surface prior to coating. The final step is application of Nukote CG modified polyurea coating, which is applied to the pontoon sides prior to lifting for placement in the Dubai creek. After the sides are coated each pontoon will be lifted and held in an elevated position while coating is applied to the base. The pantoons will then be placed into the water within twenty minutes of completion of the base coating application.

“As a general fact, bridges are strongly affected by climate, corrosion and erosion at submersion levels as well as ultra violet (UV) effects. Concrete and steel substrate bridge structures need waterproofing and corrosion protection,” continued Osborne.

When completed, the bridge will link Al-Ittihad Road (near Deira City Center) to the Al-Riyadh Road in Bur Dubai (next to the Creek Park). The project is part of an integrated system aimed at reducing traffic congestion by 37 percent on Al-Maktoum Bridge which now sees more than 150,000 vehicles pass each day.

Clement Systems Middle East has been awarded the contract to implement the “Floating Bridge” project under the consultancy of Parson De Leuw Catcher. Al Gurg Fosroc, a primary distributor of Nukote Coating Systems products in the GCC, is supplying the primer and coating products to Horizon Coatings, who is performing the application works on site under a subcontract with Nukote Coating Systems Middle East JFZCO.

Nukote Coating Systems International manufactures and distributes high-performance coatings utilizing the latest technology in molecular plastics to provide a wide range of products from pre-insulated piping systems to waterproofing membranes to coating applications for ultra hot and ultra corrosive applications. These products are widely used in petrochemical pipelines, water distribution, infrastructure, transportation, manufacturing and construction throughout the Middle East and the world.


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