Clark airport energy-efficient management contract inked

Published August 18, 2022, 2:46 PM

by Myrna M. Velasco

Luzon International Premiere Airport Development Corporation (LIPAD) with the Professional Operations and Maintenance Experts Incorporated (PROMEI) and Philippine DCS Development Corporation (PDDC), which are both joint venture-firms of Gotianun-led Filinvest Developemtn Corp. (FDC) and the local subsidiary of French multinational firm ENGIE Services Philippines, have inked a facilities management and energy efficiency contract for the comprehensive maintenance of Clark International Airport in Pampanga.

LIPAD is the special purpose company established to manage the operations and maintenance of Clark airport, which is considered as the alternative gateway for many travelers touching base in Luzon. Apart from FDC, the other corporate partners in LIPAD are JG Summit Holdings Inc. of the Gokongwei group; the Philippine Airport Ground Support Solutions Inc., and Changi Airports Philippines (I) Pte. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore-headquartered Changi Airports International.

For PROMEI, it will carry out routine and planned maintenance and repair of electrical systems, mechanical plant and ventilation systems, plumbing systems, the building and hard infrastructure of the Clark airport.

PDDC will finance, build, and operate the terminal’s entire chilled water plant with a total installed capacity of 3,000 tons refrigeration (TR) under a build, own, operate, and transfer model.

According to Thomas Baudlot, chief executive of Energy Solutions APAC and country head of ENGIE South East Asia, the deal for the Clark airport demonstrates “significant synergies can be derived from integrating site maintenance and air conditioning production, which will allow LIPAD to cut their carbon emissions in a cost-effective way.”

Juan Eugenio L. Roxas, President and CEO of PDDC, also conveyed that the partnership with LIPAD and ENGIE Philippines, along with other investments in solar and hydropower generation “brings us closer to realizing our commitment to building sustainable Filipino communities while enhancing synergy among affiliates.”

He specified the use of the technological expertise of ENGIE while PDDC will be pursuing energy efficiency options across the chain of the facilities of the Clark airport to ensure savings on energy costs and reduction in carbon footprint.

It was similarly stipulated that PDDC will undertake the energy efficiency element with full comprehensive operations and maintenance, plant-side.

Based on calculations, it was provided that 22-year partnerships will deliver guaranteed energy savings equivalent to over 41,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, which could have otherwise add more pollution into the atmosphere. This would also translate to approximately 1.6 million trees, with an additional 11,230 tons of potential CO2 savings to be derived from proper systems maintenance.

With the sustainability journey that the Clark airport and its partners will be pulling off, LIPAD Chief Executive Officer Bi Yong Chungunco enthused “We are committed to supporting the Philippines’ government as it moves to address the global climate crisis.”

She described the partnership with PDDC will demonstrate “up-to-the-minute air transport facilities to the Philippines, that offer not only convenience and comfort to passengers but also energy efficiency and cost savings.”