Cochin International Airport would achieve self-sufficiency in power in two years, said Managing Director of the company V. J. Kurien on Thursday.
He was cited in a press statement issued by CIAL here that the airport currently required 48,000 units per day and that the power requirement of the airport would go up to 1,10,000 units once the new international terminal was commissioned.
Mr. Kurien expressed confidence that CIAL would be able to generate all of its power requirement by 2016 through solar and hydro-electric projects.
CIAL has already identified a two-mega watt project in Urumbini in Pathanamthitta district.
Mr. Kurien said the first goal of CIAL was to achieve self-sufficiency in power and later would contribute the surplus power to the Kerala State Electricity Board grid.
He said though CIAL had won several bids for small power projects in the State, the government had had not been in a position to take decision.
CIAL is the country’s first green field airport that came up in the public-private partnership model. The terminal will have a total built-up area of 15 lakh square foot. A one-mw solar power generation system is one of its notable ventures.