Dublin Airport in Ireland has opened a new aviation fuel farm that offers six times the capacity of the previous facility.
The new development, which was carried out by Spanish company CLH Group, comprises three new aviation fuel tanks that can together store 15 million litres of aviation fuel.
Dublin Airport estimates that the €40m fuel farm will reduce the time taken to refuel aircraft by 50% when compared to the old system and will also cut down the number of fuel vehicles on the apron area.
The farm is also connected to a fuel hydrant system designed to facilitate direct delivery of fuel into the aircraft through a hydrant dispenser that is linked to a pit in the ground.
Currently, the hydrant system is available to service Pier 4, with future plans to extend to other piers.
Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison said: “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%.
“Passenger numbers are expected to grow further this year with 14 new routes and services comprising five long-haul and nine short-haul destinations starting at Dublin Airport this year.”
Constructed in 1970, the airport’s prior aviation fuel farm included three fuel tanks of 800,000lt capacity each, two of which will be converted for water storage and the remaining one will be demolished.
In the first quarter of this year, more than six million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport, which represents an increase of 4%, compared to the same period last year.