The Port Authority of the Government of Puerto Rico, which is responsible for managing the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in Carolina, will receive more than $ 2.5 million under the Risk Mitigation Grant Program of the Federal Agency for the Management of Emergencies (FEMA). The funds are used for the proposed design and installation of a combined heat and power generation system at these facilities.
The project seeks to implement a new system that will increase redundancy and reduce interruption of services at the international center of largest travel in the Caribbean, which in 2019 received about 9.2 million passengers. Beyond the initial design phase, he entire project could include additional funds for construction costs, which are estimated to total $ 57 million . In addition, the completed project will allow the airport to operate for seven days at 90 percent capacity in the event of an atmospheric event or other emergency that would cause a breakdown in electrical service.
“The airport International is an essential part of the local economy, and in turn connects residents of Puerto Rico with their relatives and loved ones living abroad. Ensuring that this link is not affected is what inspires us to continue our mission of strategically strengthening the Island, "said Alex Amparo, Federal Coordinator for Disaster Recovery for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, in writing.
The team cogeneration that is in this first planning stage will work together with the existing electricity grid. Similarly, during this initial period, engineering designs, electricity studies, and permit management will be carried out in compliance with environmental and safety requirements.