Ashgabat International Airport, Turkmenistan


Turkmenistan, once one of the poorest Soviet desert countries, has developed into a thriving nation since its independence in 1991. Fuelled by the 4th largest reserve of natural gas, the country is developing rapidly. Over the last two decades the independent government has spent billions on infrastructure projects, the latest of which is the refurbishment of Ashgabat international airport. The project was built by Polimeks, a Turkish contractor, and includes a new terminal, a new control tower and ancillary buildings, new apron fit-out and runways. The creation of this airport is seen as a key strategic step to connect to the global economy.

Project description

The Turkmen government views the development of the airport as a key strategic development to connect Turkmenistan with the global economy. An international tender in 2012 for the construction of a new international airport in Ashgabat, to be named "Oguz Han" was won by Polimeks. Polimeks is a Turkish construction company active in Turkmenistan since the late-1990s. The project will cost $2.3 billion (€1.7 billion). The terminal design resembles a Turkmen bird, an ode to the rich cultural heritage the country has.

Deerns' scope of services

Deerns collaborated with Netherlands Airport Consultants (NACO) to help Polimeks in the design of the new airport. Deerns complemented the design team with expertise on specific airport technology. Our contribution includes review utility master planning, concept design of special operational systems, telecommunications, security systems, apron systems and navigational aids and the detailed design of airfield ground lighting and apron floodlighting.

The airport handles solid waste on site, and has a drainage reservoir. The team was also responsible for noise abatement and an environment assessment and mitigation. Deerns was able to help our client with the systems and processes involved in all these features that attempt to mitigate environmental impact.