Leister distributor EPICENTRE SERVICES lays geomembranes at Dakar Airport in record time
New kerosene tanks had to be installed at Dakar’s Blaise Diagne International Airport (AIBD), opened in 2017 near the town of Diass in Senegal. EPICENTRE SERVICES – a LEISTER distributor in Senegal – supplied the geomembranes required for sealing and welded them in record time.
Ousmane Diaw founded EPICENTRE SERVICES three years ago and now has a team of ten people. Rachid Benlakhouy, Leister Sales Manager Africa, is pleased with the excellent cooperation and success of Ousmane Diaw: "Ousmane Diaw has been a Leister distributor in Senegal for two years and his company has grown very successfully since then. There is now a modern showroom directly on one of the main roads in Dakar (33 Comico, VDN Liberté 6 Extension), where customers can buy LEISTER equipment, have it repaired, or have it serviced."
Rachid Benlakhouy and Ousmane Diaw in the EPICENTRE SERVICES showroom in Dakar, Senegal.
The geomembranes were welded with the GEOSTAR and extruders for hundreds of meters with precision and under constant control.
The foundation under the tanks was sealed and welded to the rest of the geomembrane.
The geomembrane was laid within five days prior to installation of the kerosene tanks at Dakar Airport, Senegal.
15,000 m2 of geomembrane laid in record time
The welding work carried out by EPICENTRE SERVICES ensures the watertightness under the depot’s JET tanks. In total, over 15,000 m2 of geomembrane imported from Europe was installed in a record time of just five days. The customer's exacting requirements were met thanks to the GEOSTAR G5, LEISTER's latest hot-wedge welding machine, which welds with even greater speed and improved parameter control.
Welding speed of 3.5 meters per minute
"The GEOSTAR G5's average welding speed of 3.5 meters per minute on the 2 mm thick HDPE membrane saved us valuable time. In addition, our technicians were able to fully control the temperature, pressure, speed, and even voltage of the generator on the GEOSTAR screen throughout the welding process," Ousmane Diaw explains.
Everything was kept under control throughout the project, even under extreme environmental conditions, including 40°C heat and sudden torrential rain. These conditions meant that work interruptions and delays were always on the agenda. Nevertheless, the expectations of the general contractor, who had defined high safety and quality control standards for the country's newest and largest airport, were met successfully.
All welding seams were tested with a test device using compressed air, and those without an air duct were subjected to a spark test.
Pragmatic solution – FUSION 3 picked up at Leister Technologies AG in Switzerland
Ousmane Diaw with his new FUSION 3 at Leister Technologies AG in Sarnen, Switzerland.
Time delays demand pragmatic solutions. Ousmane Diaw flew to Switzerland and picked up a FUSION 3 extruder directly from Leister Technologies AG in Sarnen. Ousmane laughs: "The FUSION 3 had to be on site in Dakar on Monday morning. There wasn't much time left. But thanks to the excellent cooperation with Leister, everything worked out and I was back on time with the FUSION 3 in hand!"
New projects for EPICENTRE SERVICES
On the strength of the speed and success of this project, EPICENTRE SERVICES has already received new orders for further major projects in Senegal:
- 100,000 m2 of HDPE 1 mm waterproofing membrane for a rehabilitation project in Louga and Tambacounda
- 14,000 m2 of HDPE 1 mm waterproofing membrane for a road construction project outside Dakar
- 20,000 m2 of HDPE 1.5 mm waterproofing membrane for a mining project (gold project in Kédougou)
In addition, EPICENTRE SERVICES is planning to open another sales branch in Mali by 2019/2020. We wish them the best of luck!
Many thanks to Ousmane Diaw and his team for their excellent cooperation. We wish them every success with their exciting major projects, with the sale of LEISTER equipment, and, of course, with the opening of the new branch in Mali.
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