ENOC Group, through its subsidiary Horizon Terminals Ltd, has awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a 16.2km jet fuel pipeline that links its storage terminals in Jebel Ali with Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC).
The construction of the pipeline is expected to be completed in 24 months and will be operational in the first quarter of 2020, in time for Expo 2020 Dubai, ENOC said in a statement.
It added that upon completion, the pipeline will carry 2,000 cubic metres of jet fuel per hour to DWC, which will receive a significant share of international visitors to the Expo.
The EPC contract has been awarded to by Dubai-based Albanna Engineering.
Eventually, DWC is expected to become the world’s largest airport with an annual capacity exceeding 220 million passengers and 16 million tonnes of cargo.
Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO of ENOC, said: “The jet fuel pipeline to DWC is a strategic infrastructure project that aligns with the growth vision of Dubai and supports the preparations for Expo 2020 Dubai. Set in the heart of the new aviation and logistics hub, Dubai South, the airport will serve as a global aviation centre, and we are setting the benchmark to offer jet fuel services to a large number of international carriers using the airport.
“Awarding the construction contract is a milestone that underlines our commitment to fuel Dubai and the nation’s economic growth as it will play a vital role in meeting the growing need for aviation fuel seamlessly.”
Saeed Ahmad Mohd Saleh Albanna, chairman, Albanna Engineering, commented: "We are proud to have won this challenging contract from ENOC."
Set to meet the demand for jet fuel at Dubai Airports up until 2050, the pipeline will be equipped with safety features including a leak detection system, complete automation control and quality control.
ENOC currently supplies jet fuel to Dubai International Airport through a 58km pipeline that has a storage capacity of 141,500 cubic metres.
Subscribe to Arabian Business' newsletter to receive the latest breaking news and business stories in Dubai,the UAE and the GCC straight to your inbox.