Dublin Airport Authority gives Vayu €2.5m gas contract

19 Sep 2011

Karl Phelan, sales manager, Vayu, and Peter White, head of Purchasing, Dublin Airport Authority, (DAA) pictured in Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport. Vayu will now supply gas for all DAA sites in a deal estimated to be worth €2.5m

Irish energy company Vayu has won the tender to supply gas to Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) in a contract worth about €2.5m for the next 12 months. Vayu will now supply energy to the DAA airports at Cork, Shannon and Dublin.

Headquartered at Dublin Airport, the DAA completed the opening of Terminal 2 (T2) at Dublin Airport in late 2010. T2 can facilitate up to 15m passengers per year.

Founded in 2003, Vayu became the first independent supplier to be awarded a gas shipping and supply licence by the Commission for Energy Regulation. Since then, the company has gained a 20pc slice of the large commercial and industrial gas sector.

Irish-owned, Vayu is backed by the Swiss-headquartered Glencore International AG, its largest shareholder.

According to the DAA’s head of Purchasing, Paddy McMenamin, Vayu was selected following a rigorous tender process.

“Maintaining cost competitiveness is hugely important to the DAA as our airport charges are amongst the lowest in Europe. Operating efficient and low low-cost airports is a key goal for the company. This deal with Vayu is an important step in efficiently managing our cost base.”

Vayu’s sales manager Karl Phelan welcomed the deal and the opportunity to work with a company at the core of the Irish economy.

“Our international airports are critical gateways for Irish business and for Irish life. We are delighted to have won the right to provide the gas to power these hubs.”

Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2, Dublin. Image courtesy of Arup.ie

Green building at Terminal 2

Architecture firm Pascall + Watson designed the three-storey T2 at Dublin Airport, while Arup and MACE Construction Managers were also in charge of all aspects of planning, design development, and construction project management.

T2 has a steel and glass façade that was designed for the terminal to use natural light.

Sustainable building design and features include condensing boilers, natural air exhaust, free air cooling, free chilled water cooling, lighting efficiency and controls, use of daylight and intelligent building control systems.

Since it opened in late November 2010, T2 has been hosting the following air carriers: Aer Lingus, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Etihad Airways and US Airways.

DAA’s work

The DAA’s chief activities include airport management, operation and development, domestic and international airport retail management, and airport investment. The company’s domestic operations include the running of Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports. The DAA employs 3,000 people and had a turnover in 2010 of €550m.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic