Floodlight masts with lowerable systems, Doha

In June 2022 Neumarkt, Germany-based FUCHS Europoles completed an impressive transportation infrastructure project outside of Europe. Nine masts, each 30 meters (98.4 feet) in height, were delivered to the Hamad International Airport in Doha. These high-mast lights now light up the Taxiway Yankee. In keeping with our name, WE FÜCHSE, or “foxes,” cleverly installed the turnkey solution in the somewhat cooler night to avoid the intense heat of the State of Qatar’s midsummer days.

Easy to access, simple to maintain, operationally reliable at all times

This is how the innovative Nivatec lowerable systems from FUCHS Europoles can be described. And the successfully completed project in Doha, Qatar, shows how these systems are convincing clients around the world.

Nine masts equipped with NivaLift M500 lowerable systems were erected for the Hamad International Airport. The three-segment steel masts were shipped by container to the Qatar Airways hub, where WE FÜCHSE worked from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. to install them. Because temperatures in Qatar can reach 50 °C (122 °F) in the summer months, the installation team decided to work at night. There was no need to disrupt flights for the installation.

FUCHS Europoles manufactured the floodlight masts with lowerable floodlight platforms using steel because of its clear advantages for this project. High-mast lights of this size made of concrete would have made transport much less economical due to their weights. A glass-reinforced plastic solution was not feasible because it would not have been able to bear the lowerable system with the floodlights.

Lowering system made in Germany

But it is not only during installation that flight operations can continue non-stop. Thanks to the innovative function of lowering the floodlighting systems, the exclusive FUCHS Europoles system enables simple and fast maintenance and servicing - without the airport operators having to stop flight operations during this time. The lighting systems can be lowered and maintained comfortably and safely without the use of aids such as lifting platforms.

The special advance here lies in the plug solution for the power connection between the mast and the floodlight stage. The cable remains protected inside the mast during lowering, while the system is disconnected from the power supply. After the inspection, the maintenance team moves the floodlighting systems upwards, where they dock back onto the power grid.

Technical Data

Location: Doha, Qatar

Services Provided:

  • Static analysis and engineering, production of floodlight masts with lowerable systems, and delivery and installation
  • 9 steel masts with 3 segments each, hot-dip galvanized
  • Height: 30 meters (98.4 feet)
  • Total weight (including system): 3.32 metric tons (3.66 tons)
  • Heaviest single part: 1.34 metric tons (1.48 tons)

Client: Midmac Contracting Co. WLL