NAIA Terminal 3 electrical audit completed in 3 weeks

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NAIA Terminal 3 electrical audit completed in 3 weeks
Ninoy Aquino International Terminal 3 photo by PortCalls.
  • The Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 electrical audit which began on May 5 is expected to be completed in three weeks
  • The audit will allow MIAA to determine the various equipment needed for upgrade, rehabilitation or purchase to make NAIA Terminal 3’s power system reliable and resilient
  • MIAA will determine the timeline and budget for the procurement of critical components of Terminal 3’s electrical facilities, generator sets, and implement the necessary power systems upgrade at the terminal

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 electrical audit which began on May 5 is expected to be completed in three weeks, Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) OIC Bryan Co said in a statement.

Co is heading MIAA while MIAA general manager Chiong is on six-month suspension for alleged grave misconduct.

Undertaken by MIAA with the assistance of power distributor Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), the audit comes after NAIA Terminal 3 experienced a power outage on May 1, delaying and cancelling flights.

Once the audit is concluded, Co said MIAA will be able to determine the various equipment needed for upgrade, rehabilitation or purchase to make NAIA Terminal 3’s power system reliable and resilient.

MIAA will then determine the timeline and budget for the procurement of critical components of Terminal 3’s electrical facilities, generator sets, and implement the necessary power systems upgrade at the terminal.

As an immediate move, MIAA is exploring the option of leasing generator sets to increase capacity of Terminal 3’s back-up power.

The audit is expected to assist MIAA in ensuring reliability of its power supply and prioritize major components for the system upgrade of its existing electrical facilities.

Transport Secretary Jaime Bautista earlier noted the importance of a full electrical audit of Terminal 3, the power requirement of which has increased over the years with the growth in the number of flights, concessionaires inside the terminal, and equipment such air-conditioning units. Considering how old Terminals 1 and 2 are, Bautista said full electrical audits for the two terminals may also be in order.

He said a full electrical audit was conducted in 2017 but not all recommendations were implemented.