Abu Dhabi National Oil Company for Distribution (ADNOC Distribution) has signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi Airports to provide fuel for the next 20 years to three of its airports, which include Abu Dhabi International, Al Ain International and Al Bateen Executive.
Under the deal, both the firms will invest in a new fuel farm, which will increase the storage capacity of Abu Dhabi Airports from its current 47 million litres to 130 million litres, a statement said.
The agreement also facilitates an investment to develop a new 20-kilometre long fuel hydrant system, which is the distribution pipeline network connecting the fuel farm to the fuel distribution points. The new system will serve up to 130 aircraft on ground.
The deal will also see the upgrade of the fuel pipeline connecting Abu Dhabi and Ruwais refineries to the airport and the existing fuel farm in Abu Dhabi International Airport.
“These developments will service both the new mid-field terminal (MTC) as well as existing terminals delivering an increase in fuel storage capacity of 130 million litres, and an improvement in the management of fuel reserves through the latest technological advances, ultimately reducing operating cost,” the statement said.
Abu Dhabi airport will provide around 80,000 square metres of land to support the development of the new fuel farm in the East Midfield, officials said. This is in addition to the 70,000 square metres of land occupied by the existing fuel farm.
ADNOC Distribution CEO Abdulla Al Daheri said that this agreement will help the emirate’s aviation sector expand.
Abu Dhabi Airports’ new mid-field terminal, which is scheduled to open in July 2017, will increase the airport’s total capacity to more than 40 million passengers per annum.
The mid-field terminal, so called due to its location between two runways, will act as a hub for the Abu Dhabi state carrier Etihad Airways and its partners.
Abu Dhabi Airports handled more than 16.5 million passengers in 2013, up 12.4 per cent from 2012.