Hochtief wins $2.3bn San Diego air terminal contract
The contracted has been awarded to two Hochtier subsidiaries in the form of a joint venture. Construction for the project is set to commence towards the end of 2021. This will allow time for all environmental permits to be issued for the work.
Currently, San Deigo International Airport relies on a 1960s era terminal which is considered under capacity as passenger numbers at the airport continue to rise year on year. Despite this, passenger numbers throughout 2020 have been projected to be considerably lower as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The new structure, which will be constructed in two phases, will span a total area of 1.2 million-square-feet. The building will include 30 gates and will replace the existing terminal.
The project will bring the total number of gates at the airport up to 62, with 19 new gates set to be delivered at the beginning of 2025, and a further 11 being constructed during 2027.
The terminal has been designed with multiple energy- and sustainability-focused features. This includes redesigned taxiways which have been designed to cut aircraft taxiing times which in turn will slash the amount of greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere.
An underground fuel-delivery system has also been included as part of the plans which will result in more efficient flow at gates as fuel-delivery trucks will be needed at less intervals.
San Diego International Airport was first opened in 1928 and has since had a number of expansions and improvements to meet the growing passenger demand at the airport. One major expansion was completed during the second half of 2013, and was known as “The Green Build” which included the addition of ten gates, more security lanes and an expanded concession area.
This news comes as part of a wider scheme known as The Airport Development Plan (ADP) which seeks to meet increased passenger traffic from now through to 2035.
Founded in 1875 in Frankfurt, Germany, Hochtief is “building the world of tomorrow” thanks to its innovative solutions it is implementing around the world. The company has three regional divisions which are Hochtief Europe, Hochtief America and Hochtief Asia Pacific.
In addition, the engineering-led global infrastructure group holds a 20 per cent stake in Abertis, a world leader in international toll road operations.
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.