Aviation fuel storage plant opens in Dubai

Emarat, Air BP and Shell Trading (Middle East) have announced a partnership in Emdad, a new aviation fuel storage facility located at Jebel Ali.

Consisting of a 155,000m3 capacity tank farm built on a 34,000m2 plot, the Emdad project includes a direct pipeline link for transporting fuel to Dubai International Airport.

In light of the fast growth of Dubai International Airport and the plans for Dubai World Central Airport, the storage facility is intended to ease the increasing demand for jet fuel in Dubai.

Officially inaugurated last month by Dubai Civil Aviation president, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, each partner revealed equal stakes in the US$43
million company.

Thorston Luft, Air BP’s general manager, Middle East businesses, said: “The joint venture marks another milestone in delivering world class infrastructure to support the planned growth for aviation industry in this important region.”

Daily demand for aviation fuel at Dubai International Airport currently stands at 10,000m3, but it is estimated that this will more than double to almost 26,300m3 by 2010.

The new pipeline from Emdad is expected to be capable of supplying the airport with 50% of its needs up to that date.

Emdad will also help supply the Dubai World City Airport, which on completion stands to be the one of the world’s largest airports.

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