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Oct 24 2022

First Quantum to Acquire S4GA Portable Runway Lighting in a Trailer

First quantum Minerals logoFirst Quantum Minerals, one of the biggest mining and metal companies in the World, has acquired S4GA Airfield Lighting System in a Trailer for Kalumbila Airport in Zambia. The Company was looking for a mobile runway illumination that can be easily transported and deployed on a few different runways.

FQML is a Canadian-based mining company specializing in mineral exploration, development, and mining. The Company operates a few mine facilities in Zambia where the airside is mostly used for medical emergency evacuations. One of the airside operated by FQML is Kalumbila Airport.

Kalumbila Airport has been already equipped with solar-powered runway and taxiway lighting supplied by another manufacturer. However, airport personnel reported insufficient brilliancy of the current lights. Which caused limitations in providing medical emergency evacuations at the airport at night time.

The Company started to look for a new runway illumination. A permanent solution was out of interest as they were going to use the lights occasionally on two airfields. First Quantum contacted an S4GA partner in South Africa. After multiple discussions, S4GA Portable Airfield Lighting in a Trailer has been offered to Kalumbila Airport. The system was able to address all challenges and meet all requirements provided by the Customer:

  • 20 min fast deployment
  • easy transportation
  • high autonomy and reliability
  • official approval by Zambia CAA.

Because S4GA Portable Airfield Lighting was found the best and, in fact, the only solution addressing all Customer’s requirements, FQML made a decision to acquire S4GA System for Kalumbila Airport.  NTEC provided supply, installation and commissioning of S4GA lighting as well as onsite training. The representatives of Zambia Civil Aviation Authority have been present at the commissioning stage and confirmed the compliance of S4GA airfield lighting with international aviation standards. S4GA System has been approved by CAA for use at  Kalumbila Airport.

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