Ferrovial Awarded 146m euro Hospital Management Contract in Spain
Ferrovial through its Services subsidiary, has won a €146m contract to deliver a range of non-medical services at the Ourense University Hospital Complex in Galicia. The company will provide energy, maintenance, cleaning and security services at the complex’s three hospitals for 15 years.
The contract, awarded by the Galicia Regional Government Health Service, encompasses energy supply, maintenance, cleaning and security services for the Nosa Señora do Cristal, Santa María Nai and Santo Cristo de Piñor hospitals. The complex has an extension of 119,566 sqm and 852 beds. It will employ about 3,000 people.
The company will upgrade the facilities to optimise energy efficiency, at no cost to the Administration, with the aim of reducing primary energy consumption by more than 15 percent, while CO2 emissions will be reduced by more than 53 percent. Ferrovial Services will also implement quality indicators for the services and supplies and will report regularly on attainment of the targets.
Ignacio Gastón, General Manager of Ferrovial Services Spain, said the contract would strengthen Ferrovial Services’ position in the hospital management area.
The company is currently expanding and upgrading the Valdecilla Hospital in Santander and delivering non-medical services there under a 20-year contract. It is also in charge of maintenance of the La Paz hospital in Madrid and Virgen del Rocío hospital in Seville.
Ferrovial Services describes itself as a key player in the field of energy efficiency, pointing to its agreement with the City of Bilbao to manage sports facilities under Bilbao Kirolak, where it has cut energy costs by 25 percent while reducing gas consumption by 38 percent and electricity consumption by 15 percent. The company also has a co-operation agreement with MIT to develop projects aimed at improving energy efficiency in buildings and public lighting systems.
Masdar, PT PLN begin work on floating PV solar project
UAE-based renewable energy company Masdar, in partnership with PT PLN, an organisation specialising in electrical power and owned by the Indonesian government, has announced today it has started work on a floating photovoltaic (PV) solar project in West Java. The company says the 145MW plant is the first of its kind in the country. The project, which will be constructed on the Cirata reservoir in West Java, was financed by the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Societe Generale, and Standard Chartered Bank.
Developing the project is PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali Masdar Solar Energi (PMSE), a joint venture between Masdar and PT PLN subsidiary PT PJBI. Bahlil Lahadalia, Minister of Investment for the Republic of Indonesia and chairman of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, said: “This is a flagship project of the UAE’s investment in Indonesia, and most importantly, it is in line with the Indonesian Government’s target to increase renewable energy by 23% by 2025.”
Ladhadalia added: “The Ministry of Investment fully supports the investment realisation of the Cirata Floating Solar Project by PT PJBI and Masdar.” The plant is said to be the largest in south-east Asia, and one of the biggest in the world. Around 800 jobs will be created during its construction phase.
During the project’s development, Masdar has conducted several social initiatives to raise awareness of sustainability and strengthen the engagement of the local community. Talking about the partnership with Masdar, Amir Faisal, president director of PJBI, said: “We see tremendous potential for similar projects in Indonesia and we look forward to continuing our fruitful collaboration with Masdar to work on more renewable energy projects and help our nation achieve its clean energy objectives.
“This floating power project is a first for Indonesia and is also a significant step in PJBI’s renewable energy journey,” he added.
Facts about solar energy
- Solar power is the most abundant energy source on earth: There’s enough solar energy reaching the earth every hour to meet all of humanity’s power needs for a whole year.
- The cost of solar panels has fallen by 99% since 1977: The price per watt for a single solar cell in 1977 was US$77. Today that same cell costs Us$0.21 per watt US$0.39 per watt for an assembled module, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
- China is the global leader in solar energy: Whilst solar power is increasing in popularity in the US, China is currently the country with the biggest uptake. Research conducted by GTM in 2017 predicted that the US would install 12.4GW of solar power during that year. China, on the other hand, installed 24.4GW of power in the first half of 2017 alone.