Enoc to build 16km Al Maktoum jet fuel pipeline
Horizon Terminals is set to begin construction of an underground 16-km-long jet fuel pipeline extension to link its storage terminal in Jebel Ali with Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South.
The front-end engineering and design (Feed) for the pipeline extension to Al Maktoum International Airport is currently in progress, and is expected to come onstream by the fourth quarter of 2018, said a statement from Enoc, which owns Horizon Terminals.
Dubai Airports had recently announced that Al Maktoum International Airport has a projected annual capacity of 12 million tonnes of freight and 160 to 260 million passengers.
This coupled with Dubai International Airport’s $7.8-billion airport and airspace expansion programme are key indicators of Dubai’s plans to grow its aviation infrastructure and capabilities to double its passenger handling capacity to 200 million passengers a year by 2045.
"With its strategic location and impressive airport connectivity, Dubai’s vision to become the Middle East aviation hub and leading business destination has now been realised," remarked Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Enoc group CEO.
Enoc has had a close association with Dubai Airports since its inception, supplying jet fuel to meet the increasing traffic demand at the Dubai International Airport.
The 58-km pipeline connecting the storage terminals in Jebel Ali with Dubai International Airport has been operational since March 2015 and has a storage capacity of 141,500 cu m for adequate jet fuel supply to the Dubai International Airport.
"With the extension of 16 km to Al Maktoum International Airport, we look forward to strengthening this relationship, as well as powering towards the future of connectivity of this great emirate," Al Falasi added.
Enoc expects that the majority of Dubai International Airport’s jet fuel demand can be fulfilled by Falcon pipeline and upon completion of the Al Maktoum International Airport expansion, it will be able to meet 60 per cent of Dubai Airport’s combined demand in 2050.