Dubai’s ENOC Group has awarded the Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) contract for a 16.2 kilometre jet fuel pipeline, it announced on Sunday.
The pipeline links its storage terminals in Jebel Ali with Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) in Dubai South.
The contract awarded by ENOC’s subsidiary Horizon Terminals, was given to Dubai-based Albanna Engineering.
The construction of the pipeline is expected to be completed in 24 months and will be operational in the first quarter of 2020, a statement said.
It will be equipped with safety features including a leak detection system, complete automation control and quality control.
When completed, the pipeline will carry 2,000 cubic metres of jet fuel per hour to DWC – slated to be the world’s largest.
The airport is also anticipated to receive a significant share of international visitors to Expo 2020 in Dubai.
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.
With the new pipeline, ENOC will be able to meet 60 per cent of Dubai Airport’s combined demand in 2050.
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.”
ENOC currently supplies jet fuel to Dubai International Airport through a 58km pipeline that has a storage capacity of 141,500 cubic metres.