10 2015 |
ENOC announces pipeline to fuel aviation growth at Dubai Airports
Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), through its subsidiary, Horizon Terminals Ltd, has announced the launch of Project Falcon, a 58 kilometres long jet fuel pipeline that links its storage terminal in Jebel Ali with Dubai International Airport (DXB). The pipeline also includes provisions for future needs of Al Maktoum International Airport.
The project was announced at a press conference held on the second day of Dubai Airshow 2015, in the presence of Saif Al Falasi, Group CEO, ENOC; Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports; Zaid Alqufaidi, Managing Director, ENOC Marketing; and Yusr Al Junaidy, Managing Director, Horizon Terminals.
The project, valued at approximately US$ 250 million, has state-of-the-art oil terminal facilities with storage capacity of 140,000 cubic metres. The facility also has a 850 cubic metres per hour pumping capacity which will ensure adequate Jet Fuel supply to the Dubai International Airport.
Saif Al Falasi, Group CEO, ENOC said: “The new jet fuel pipeline is part of our long-term investment strategy that is aligned with the broader vision of the Dubai Government to create a sustainable city that positions Dubai as a global hub and destination for travel, tourism, commerce, aviation, transport, construction and trade.”
The pipeline will help meet traffic demand at the Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport which is forecasted to reach a total of 125 million passengers and more than five million tonnes of air freight in 2020’s.
The pumping capacity of the pipeline is 55 percent of the ultimate fuel demand of Dubai International Airport. The pipeline has the capabilities to pump to Fuel Farms at both airports. In the near future when pipeline extends to Al Maktoum International Airport, it will be able to meet 60% of Dubai Airports’ combined demand in 2050. The pipeline can also cater to other suppliers’ fuel requirements at the airport.
“We could not have achieved this milestone without the assistance of all Dubai Government departments, local authorities, stakeholders and agencies. This project truly reflects the spirit of collaboration that Dubai is renowned for, where the Emirate, under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, offers a platform for growth for enterprises, entities and establishments through partnerships to foster growth and prosperity.” Added Al Falasi.
The aviation business in the UAE has sustained a compounded annual growth rate of about 11% over the last 15 years. Fuel sales volume have grown from about 460 million US gallons (USG) in 2001 and to about 2.2 Billion USG in 2015, reflecting a 480% growth over this period.
“Dubai International Airport’s new position as the busiest airport in the world and preparations for the World Expo 2020 has enabled the emirate to launch several initiatives to transform Dubai’s economic landscape. The new pipeline eliminates the constraints of road trucking of jet fuel that would have serious limitations for meeting the airport demand in future years,” he added.
ENOC obtained approx. 5,000 No Objection Certificates (NOCs) from 42 different Government departments, Local Authorities, Stakeholders, and Agencies. Approximately 10 kilometres of the pipeline’s original proposed route was redirected due to Dubai’s infrastructure development changes, and has worked closely with the Dubai Municipality and RTA to identify an alternative route for the pipeline. The project involved a total of 45 road crossings without causing any traffic disturbances to the major roads and highways.
ENOC is a strong contributor to the growth of the aviation sector in Dubai has heavily invested to adopt the latest technologies for the industry and has continuously implemented best practices, thus achieving world class performance. ENOC Aviation, a division of ENOC Marketing is a leading marketer and supplier of jet fuel in UAE since 1995. After establishing a track-record of significant growth and success in the UAE, ENOC Aviation has steadily increased its international supply network to 97 Airports across 11 countries. It is an Associate member of Joint Inspection Group (JIG) and offers a range of Commercial and Technical services. ENOC Aviation currently is the largest supplier at Dubai Airports and is committed to provide world-class energy solutions that support the government’s growth and expansion plans.