Continuing with the development of the Expansion Project, Lima Airport Partners (LAP), the operator of the Jorge Chavez International Airport, awarded the Wayra Consortium, made up by the companies Ferrovial, Acciona and JJC, the construction works for the new control tower and Airside support buildings. Four consortiums composed by national and international leading companies with proven experience in the aeronautical and construction sector participated in the selection process. They submitted their best proposals in terms of execution, technical and operational capacity, compliance, and, given the new context, management of mitigation strategies due to strict health and safety standards against COVID-19.
"The local component was an important factor in the selection process, taking into consideration the construction times, the knowledge of the industry and the local environment; as well as the possibility to have an available team and equipment to start works at short notice", said Anton Aramayo, Expansion Project Director. The mobilization of the chosen contractor is planned for the first days of June.
The new control tower represents a symbolic milestone for the expansion, which will allow operating two runways, optimizing the air traffic control in Peru. With a height of 65 meters long, the new control tower will be built of reinforced concrete combined with a superior steel structure. The shaft will be cylindrical with a 21 meter diameter, and a large control cabin will be installed on the top, which will meet strict visibility requirements over the airfield. The engineering was in charge of AECOM, the company responsible for the design.
"We are very proud to participate in this project, which will allow Peru to have one of the most important airports in South America. We are a consortium that combines the international experience of Acciona and Ferrovial in the construction of major airport infrastructure around the world, with the experience in local projects of the company JJC, ensuring world-class standards," said Jesús Ortego, Wayra Consortium Manager.
The plan for this year is to culminate with the award of all the work packages corresponding to the Airside, which amount an approximate investment of USD 400 million. In July, the construction works of the second runway will be awarded, a bidding process is already underway, and the proposals are expected to be received in the coming weeks.
The Jorge Chavez International Airport Expansion Project is a priority for Peru and is considered within the economic reactivation plan proposed by the Government. Therefore, the works scheduled for the control tower will be added to the gradual return of activities on-site, in accordance with the newly established prevention and biosafety protocols. LAP has submitted to the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) its COVID-19 Surveillance, Prevention and Control Plan, which aims to safeguard the health and well-being of all its workers. This plan is about to be approved in the coming days.