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).
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 It will increase redundancy and reduce interruption of services at the largest international travel center in the Caribbean, which in 2019 received some 9.2 million passengers. Beyond the initial design phase, the 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 international airport 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 to strategically strengthen the Island, "said Alex Amparo, federal coordinator for Disaster Recovery for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
The cogeneration team that is in this first planning stage will work together with the existing electrical network. Likewise, during this initial period, engineering designs, electricity studies and permit management will be carried out in compliance with environmental and safety requirements.  "Due to our island status, maintaining the country's main airport after an emergency is a high priority project for the Authority. We thank FEMA for this important allocation of funds, which will allow the reimbursement of the first phase of the project, which consists of the study and its design ”, highlighted the executive director of the Pu Authority ertos, Joel A. Pizá Batiz.
For his part, the executive director of the Central Office for Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience of Puerto Rico, Ottmar Chávez, commented that “mitigation projects are a fundamental part of the reconstruction process from Puerto Rico. Impacting critical structures and services raises the level of preparedness at future events. ”
Risk mitigation aims to reduce loss of life and property after a disaster through sustainable actions such as planning and zoning, and other measures that support long-term solutions. This allocation of funds is made pursuant to section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.