Formed in 1990, Unibeton that is part of the diversified Al Fara’a Construction Group of Companies, has subsequently expanded to include twelve plant locations across the UAE. Today it is the leading concrete supplier for many of the regions landmark projects currently underway. For instance, it supplies concrete to the Saadiyat and Sheikh Zayed Bridges, the Landmark Tower, which will become the tallest tower in Abu Dhabi and the Ferrari Experience Building too. In addition, it has supplying MASDAR City, a 6,000,000m3-world first carbon city neutral and expect to remain the main supplier.
“Overall, based on the technology at hand, Unibeton expect CO2 savings on the MASDAR Project to reach an impressive 1,200,000 tons over 6 million m3 of concrete with improvements to concrete mixture designs, processes and delivery systems compared to business as usual”, explains Engr. Mohammed Shehadeh, General Manager, Unibeton.
When it comes to sustainable production methods, Unibeton intends to save an additional 200,000 tons of CO2 and an impressive 600 million AED from innovations in reinforcing and piling technology, in collaboration with piling contractors and MASDAR. Throughout the duration of the MASDAR Project, “Unibeton intends to use in excess of 1.4 million tons of
Supplementary Cementitious Materials and to recover more than 50 per cent of wash water for re-use through its water conservation measures”, he adds. As a result, Unibeton will save water used in concrete mixtures by 110,000 tons over 6 Million m³ of concrete. In this way Unibeton plans to use approximately 1.8 million tons of recycled aggregates in 20 per cent of concrete which is required to be manufactured using recycled aggregates in MASDAR. This is in addition to supplies of RCA for site formation, as 2.3 Million tons of crushed aggregates are immediately available to UNIBETON for site formation and general sub-grade requirements.
According to Engr. Shehadeh, many of the lessons learned on sustainability throughout the course of the MASDAR project will be applied to many of the other “main stream” projects in the UAE and the rest of the Gulf.