Tocumen builds an international waste plant

Tocumen International Airport general manager, Joseph Fidanque Tercero, has broken ground for the construction of an International Waste Plant.

This plant has the capacity to technically and effectively handle the collection, selection and final disposal of organic and inorganic residues, liquids and non-dangerous substances that are left by aircraft which operate in that air terminal. The building of the project was given to the Spanish company, Oproler, at a cost of $3.5 million. They will do the environmental impact study, permits, design, construction, equipment assembly and implementation of the service as well as operating the treatment plant for 12 months.

Tocumen International Airport generates six tons of rubbish per day.

Tocumen International Airport generates six tons of rubbish per day.

Also, during that period, Oproler will be in charge of the collection and transfer of international waste from the airport platforms and the aircraft to the plant for their final treatment.

Joseph Fidanque III, said that the new system will be ready in the next six months and will have the technology to put Tocumen ahead of other terminals in Latin America. “The international solid waste management plant will allow the disposal of all the rubbish generated by around 40 airlines and the airport. It is another step towards the more efficient handling of waste through an environmentally safe and clean system to cope with the operative demand that will arise with the future terminal 2,” added Fidanque III.

Around 19 companies showed their interest in building the plant, but only three managed to comply with all the requirements. Productos y Procesos Industriales, S.A. (Propinsa) presented a proposal of $5 million, Oproler was the enterprise that won the contract with a bid of $3.5 million and the third company was disqualified for not following the requirements of the tender.

Currently Tocumen handles around six tons per day of international rubbish that is left by 40 airlines which operate in the cargo and passenger terminals; residues that the plant will handle in a shift of eight hours, seven days a week.

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