A €40m ($49.4m) aviation fuel storage facility has officially opened at Dublin Airport increasing the existing aviation fuel capacity six fold. The project also included connecting the fuel farm to a fuel hydrant system to service aircraft parked on Pier 4, which is adjacent to Terminal 2. The fuel hydrant system, which was installed as part of the T2 project and was designed to be connected to the fuel farm subsequently, enables the fuel to be delivered directly into the aircraft via a hydrant dispenser that connects to a pit in the ground.
Previously at least two fuel trucks with up to 45,000 litres in capacity were required to fuel a long-haul flight. These aircraft can now be refuelled in less than half the time it took under the old system and the number of fuel vehicles on the apron area has reduced by 50%. The hydrant fuel system will be extended to other piers on a phased basis.
“The extra fuel storage capacity that this development brings is hugely welcome,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.
“The new fuel farm has brought significant efficiencies and benefits for our airline customers cutting the time to refuel long-haul aircraft by half and reducing the number of fuelling vehicles on the apron area by 50%,” he said.
Spanish company CLH Group, which specialises in oil transportation and storage, was awarded the contract to design, finance, build, operate and transfer (DFBOT) under a concession arrangement for 20 years.
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17th Apr 2018