LAP awarded Exolum the design and construction of the new aviation fuel plant

Callao, February, 2022. Lima Airport Partners (LAP), concessionaire of the Jorge Chavez International Airport, has selected Exolum (formerly CLH Aviation) as a long-term partner to implement the LIMFuel project consisting of the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the new aviation fuel system at the Jorge Chávez International Airport. This project involves an investment of more than USD 80 million until 2025 for building a new fuel plant as a part of the Airport Expansion Program.

"Exolum is one of the largest Spanish companies providing aviation fuel storage, distribution and into-plane services; has more than 40 years of experience in the trade being recognized in Europe for its operations in the airports of Spain and Dublin and with experience in the Latin American market through its operations in Panama and Guayaquil," said Juan José Salmón, CEO of LAP.

This modern infrastructure will be built and operated by qualified experts in compliance with the service level standards required by the sector, being Exolum active member of IATA, ACI, ALTA and JIG. It will have an area of 51,000 m2, almost 4 times larger than the current plant which has 13,000 m2. During the building Expansion Project, the hydrants network will have the capacity to meet operational requirements until it migrates to a single terminal.

According to Reggiardo Denegri, general manager of Exolum, the investment will be more than USD 80 in the first phase with the forecast to launch the new infrastructures in a phased manner until 2041. "In this way, engineering on the plant capacity expansion works, the construction of a new hydrants system and its connection with the current system have already begun and is expected to be operational by 2025," he added.

"Exolum invests in research and development and has experience in SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel) management with the ability to implement it at LIM at the forefront of market trends. In addition, it offers a sustainable proposal for the Jorge Chávez International Airport, in terms of protection and care of the environment, with the incorporation of a specialized new technology equipment fleet to achieve a reduction of CO2 emissions, in addition to other initiatives," Salmón reported.

This work will represent a significant contribution to the environment and safety matters as the fuel plant is expected to receive fuel through pipelines instead of truck tankers for the benefit of the citizens travelling along the main highways around the airport, as well as airlines and traders; and will promote a reduction of environment pollution and vehicle congestion in the surrounding neighborhood, improving the reliability of the fuel supply chain to the airport.

How will the new fuel plant benefit the citizen?

As reported, among the main benefits of building on this important work are the following:

  • Reduction of vehicle congestion in the airport vicinity, eliminating the circulation of more than 100 truck tankers per day.

  • Reduction of environmental pollution and emissions generated by truck tankers.

  • Minimize the possibility of accidents, spills or fires on the public road.

  • Increase the efficiency, safety and reliability of the fuel supply chain to the airport.

It should be noted that, for the operation of this new technology, technical requirements will be established to ensure that connecting to and receiving fuel from the new plant are to be carried out under the safety and quality standards of national and international regulations.

Finally, it should be mentioned that at LAP we are working in coordination with the different competent authorities of the government playing a vital role in the success of the implementation of this modern project for the benefit of not only the airport community at Jorge Chávez, but also the general public. LAP is committed to working actively with all stakeholders, airlines and trade representatives to ensure that the LIMFuel project is integrated into the JCIA operational plan by 2025 with the best airport industry standards.

About LAP:

Lima Airport Partners (LAP) is the private operator of the Jorge Chávez International Airport. The corporate composition of LAP is as follows: Fraport AG., operator of the Frankfurt Airport among other important airports in the world (Russia, Bulgaria, Turkey and China) with 80.01% and the International Finance Corporation -IFC for its acronym in English- of the World Bank with 19.99%. Until December 2021, LAP has invested US$ 903 million in modernizing the Jorge Chávez International Airport and has paid the Peruvian State close to US$ 2,877 million for transfers according to the concession contract and transfers for taxes, during the years of the concession. LAP is committed to the development of local entrepreneurs by strengthening their skills and generating opportunities that allow them to formalize and grow their businesses.

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