Dublin Airport’s new €40 million aviation fuel farm has opened bringing significant efficiencies to the aircraft refuelling operation.
The new facility has six times the capacity of the airport’s original fuel farm with three new aviation fuel tanks capable of storing 15 million litres of fuel in total – the equivalent of the capacity of six Olympic-sized swimming pools.
The project also included connecting the fuel farm to a fuel hydrant system to service aircraft parked on Pier 4.
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.
Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison described the extra fuel storage capacity as hugely welcome. He said that with the big increases in the numbers of passengers, routes and carriers the demand for fuel had significantly increased.
He added: “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%.”
Dublin Airport’s original aviation fuel farm was built in 1970 and comprised three fuel tanks, each with a capacity for 800,000 litres. Two of the existing tanks will be converted to store water and the one tank will be demolished as part of the upgrade project.
19th April 2018