Construction of three oil tankers at Bahrain International Airport (BAH) that will supply jet fuel is on track for delivery in the third quarter of 2019.
The fuel farm occupies 7.7ha of land at BAH and is an important part of Bahrain’s efforts to modernise its aviation infrastructure.
Each container can store up to 10,000m³ of oil, which will be fed to aeroplanes through 18- and 20-inch pipelines located under the runway.
The complex also includes an operational building to manage the tankers. The structure will be fitted out with advanced safety features and product handling systems.
Amana Pipeline Construction is building the fuel farm, for which UK-headquartered Mott MacDonald is engineering consultant and BAC Jet Fuel Company (BJFCO) the developer.
The main contractor has recorded more than one million working hours without a lost-time incident since construction work started in 2017.
Such safe and steady work has helped to keep the complex on track for completion this year, senior government ministers were told during an inspection of the project this month.
Senior Bahraini government ministers hailed the progress of BAH’s oil tankers. Minister of Transportation and Technologies, HE Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, described the project as “an important component” of Bahrain’s strategy to “restructure the aviation sector”.
He added: “It is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the kingdom and is aimed at stimulating sustainable economic growth and diversifying revenue streams in line with Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030.”
Oil Minister, HE Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, praised stakeholders for supporting a “pioneering project” that will help to enhance the “efficiency and the expansion of aviation fuel operations”.
BJFCO, the developer of the fuel farm, was created in April 2016 as a joint venture between Bahrain Airport Company and National Oil and Gas Authority. It is building the project near the north-eastern wing of BAH after Bahrain decided to relocate the airport’s fuel tankers, which were located in Arad.
There are currently 38 airlines operating out of BAH and the kingdom wants to see this number increase in the future.