The decision to set up a power plant followed a risk analysis study which was approved by the Israel Civil Aviation Authority
The Israel Airports Authority (IAA) announced last week that plans have been completed to build a gas-operated power plant at Ben Gurion Airport.
The IAA noted that the decision to set up a power plant followed a risk analysis study which was approved by the Israel Civil Aviation Authority and which concluded that operating the power plant close to the airport did not pose a threat of any kind.
The Airports Authority is expected to issue a tender for the construction of the plant, which will be natural gas-fired with a production capacity of 50-80 megawatts. It is designed to supply most of the airport's electricity requirements, and any surplus power will be sold to the Israeli Electricity Company's national grid.
The Airports Authority's annual electricity consumption currently reaches 20 megawatts, costing an approximate NIS 40 million ($9.5 million).
This consumption is growing annually and is expected to reach 40 megawatts within 10 years.