A dual-fuel engine will supply the airport with 9.2 MW of electricity and be the airport’s main power source, meaning it will no longer draw its power from the national grid.
The engine will primarily run off a domestic natural-gas supply with plant hand-over – upon its construction by Israeli company, Telemenia – planned for the end of 2019.
The engine will also contribute to the airport’s air-conditioning system. Instead of a conventional, compression chiller powered by electricity, the air-conditioning system will exploit heat generated by the engine to provide cooling.
Petri Vehkakoski of MAN Energy Solutions said: “The cogeneration not only increases the plant’s efficiency to over 70 per cent but the airport will also save on the electricity that would otherwise have been required to operate the chiller. More and more, we see that our customers are interested in system technologies that increase the efficiency of their systems, while simultaneously reducing costs.”