Two years later, Ben Gurion Airport will be disconnected from Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) (TASE: ELEC.B22) and will switch from the Israeli Air Force to electricity only from natural gas, reports Globes. The event will cost about $ 130 million for airport management. The cost of reconstruction of the pipelines and power plants, including the construction itself, will be US $. In the long term, this change will result in considerable savings on the airport's regular operating costs.
According to the agreement signed by the Airports Administration, SuperNG is a natural gas distribution company, the company that manages and controls the natural gas distribution networks will provide all the electricity and refrigerator needs at the airport with a home energy center. renewed and turned into natural gas. The agreement also envisages that the airport will connect electricity and gas to the refrigerator for the natural gas distribution network.
The power station of airports operates with diesel fuel. Until now, the power plant was used as a backup copy of the IEC electrical energy. Once the power plant is transformed into natural gas, the Airports Authority will gain power independence and will no longer depend on the REC.
SuperNG is a member of Shapir Engineering & Industry Ltd. (TASE: SPEN), the installation contractor will build an infrastructure to connect the airport to natural gas. SuperNG is a franchisee holder for hosting the Hadera and distribution network, and is responsible for distributing natural gas, including Gediera and Hada, including the Tel Aviv and Ben Gurion airports.
The transfer of Ben Gurion airport to natural gas is a nationwide issue that significantly reduces emissions of pollutants and leads to a reduction in power costs for one of Israel's major energy consumers. The switch is an important part of the National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources Ministry's inclusion in the natural gas industry. Various sources say that at present, only a few tens of plants have been added to natural gas from the capacity of 500 plants.
Large quantities of gas can help save economy and significantly reduce air pollution, but the project has been suspended for several years. The recent report by the state supervisor on this topic: "The slow pace of the use of the distribution network, besides the difficulties of the distribution companies planning and conducting the distribution network deployment, is also the viability of companies in promoting economic networks."
Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources Dr. Juval Steinitz presented the Ministry's tasks for the year 2030, which he described as "rescue plan". The plan envisages complete discontinuance of the use of pollutant fuels (diesel, gasoline and coal) and the transfer of the economy from natural gas and renewable energy to the generation of electricity. One more element in the plan is to incorporate the industry into natural gas.
The transformation of the Ben Gurion airport into natural gas corresponds to this plan. The airport is the largest customer of Israeli distribution networks and anchovies in the central region. At the first stage, Ben Gurion Airport consumes 16-18 million cubic meters of natural gas per year. Adding a two-year airport will make it difficult to move beyond the airport and an airport with infrastructure, as well as transfer the long line at the airport to the Energy Center.
Nego Meroz, Chief Executive Officer of SuperNG, said in an interview with Globes: "This is a national news story about the importance of the viability of natural gas and other projects of the same size that make it accessible. power plant will save millions of shekels to the Airports Office, the power plant will reduce emissions and significantly improve the quality of the environment in the central region. "
Along with energy costs, the Airport's administration is preparing to expand and improve the Ben Gurion airport. The forecast for the next year is 25 million passengers (next direction) and 310 flights per week.
The Airport Center is located in the middle of the Third Terminal Update, a few months away, including the opening of the fifth hand. Like other international airports in the world, Airports Management plans to upgrade the registration system, security check points and baggage inspection areas. Investments in the modernization of the terminal will amount to $ 80 million. In addition, air-conditioning systems, public services and technological systems will be upgraded.
The plane will be upgraded to a cost-effective 1 terminal. The space in the passenger hall doubles and allows the terminal to serve up to three million passengers. Terminal renovation will cost $ 150 million from the Bureau's budget.
Globes, Israel Business News – Posted by en.globes.co.il – November 15, 2018
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