Dubai-based Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc) awarded a contract to local firm Albanna Engineering to build a 16.2-kilometre jet fuel pipeline between storage terminals at Jebel Ali port and Al Maktoum International Airport. The value of the contract was not disclosed.
“[Al Maktoum] 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,” said Saif Humaid Al Falasi, group chief executive of Enoc, in a statement to media on Sunday.
Enoc operates the emirate’s largest refinery at Jebel Ali. It already supplies jet fuel to the emirate’s largest airport Dubai International Airport through a 58-kilometre pipeline with a storage capacity of 141,500 cubic metres.
Dubai’s second largest airport, Al Maktoum International – also known as Dubai World Central (DWC) – is being expanded to accommodate 220 million passengers per year and 16 million tonnes of cargo, in line with the emirate’s growth as an aviation hub and development of the Dubai South free zone containing DWC into a centre for logistics and cargo.
The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the new pipeline has been awarded through Enoc’s subsidiary Horizon Terminals.
Construction by Dubai-based Albanna is expected to be completed in 24 months and the pipeline to be operational in the first quarter of 2020, ahead of Expo 2020 Dubai which begins that October.
The completed pipeline will carry 2,000 cubic metres of jet fuel per hour to DWC. It is designed to meet demand for jet fuel across Dubai airports until 2050, with new safety features and complete automation control, Enoc said.
“Awarding the 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,” Mr Al Falaisi added.