By Juan Pedro Sanchez Zamudio
Lima Airport Signs Renewables Contract As It Begins Expansion Project
Lima Airport Partners (LAP) — the parent company managing Lima, Peru’s Jorge Chávez International Airport — and Engie Energía Perú, signed this week a contract for the latter company to supply the airport’s main terminal with renewable energy covering all of its energy needs. The deal will also cover the airport’s expansion megaproject.
According to Andina, LAP will be able to supply its operations with energy from 100% renewable sources, backed by the I-REC International Certification.
The agreement is for a contracted capacity of up to 28.8 megawatts and is valid until December 2031. The contract will start from September 2021 for the expansion project and from January 2022 for the existing main terminal. With this, LAP estimates that it will eliminate the emission of approximately 15,000 tons of CO2 annually, between 99% and 100% of greenhouse gas emissions generated by the airport.
The purpose of this agreement is to accelerate the transition to a carbon-neutral economy, offering low-carbon electricity generation, renewable energy and energy infrastructure.
Engie Energía Perú is one of the largest electric power generation companies in the country. With 24 years in the Peruvian market, it is part of the Engie Group, the largest independent energy producer in the world, with 170,000 employees in 70 countries.
LAP also indicated that the excavation activities for the construction of the new passenger terminal have begun. The long-term project will see 600,000 cubic meters (785,000 cubic feet) of land excavated to make space for the basement of the new passenger terminal, a building that will have a total floor area of 160,000 square meters (1.72 million square feet).
According to Andina, the entire project includes the construction of a new air traffic control tower and a second runway, which will be finished by the end of 2022. The new passenger terminal that will be completed in 2025.
The expansion of the airport involves a global investment of $1.2 billion, between a new air terminal, the new control tower and the second runway.
In July, the first asphalt works began on the second runway, following groundbreaking on the new air traffic control terminal, slated to enter into operations at the beginning of 2023.
Elsewhere in the country, through a state-to-state contract with the Korean government, the new Chinchero International Airport in Cusco, Peru, has also been advancing, a project worth more than $610 million that will allow Cusco to receive between 4.5 million and 5.7 million passengers annually.