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USTDA Supports Energy Infrastructure Upgrades at Colombian Airport

Friday, April 15, 2016

(USTDA)  Barranquilla, Colombia – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to the Grupo Aeroportuario del Caribe (GAC) in support of an all-systems energy infrastructure upgrade at the Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport in Barranquilla, Colombia. The grant supports a feasibility study that will provide recommendations to upgrade system reliability at the airport, while also reducing electricity costs and improving energy efficiency. Upon conclusion of the feasibility study, GAC plans to select a contractor to implement the energy infrastructure upgrade strategy.

“USTDA is pleased to partner with GAC,” said USTDA Regional Director Nathan Younge. “Strengthening airport infrastructure is a national priority for Colombia, and USTDA is proud to work with GAC and Barranquilla on advancing this important goal.”

GAC selected Positive Energies, LLC of Fort Collins, CO as the sole-source contractor to conduct the feasibility study. Dan Gregory, CEO of Pos-En said, “The all-systems design approach of Pos-En supports GAC’s mission to modernize Ernesto Cortissoz. We welcome the opportunity to establish the airport as a model for efficiency, reliability and security.”

GAC signed a 15-year concession agreement with the Colombian Government to operate and maintain the Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport. GAC expects to modernize the facilities, including runways, grounds, roads, lighting, security, ground transportation, and all supporting infrastructure and systems by May 2018.