Mls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3069 posts, RR: 9 Posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1598 times:
How do they deliver all that jet fuel to airports? Especially airports that are remote, like ones on islands in the ocean. I've always wondered this and never really knew. If you know exactly how any specific airport obtains their fuel, please post.
As16 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1566 times:
During the fuel crisis last year, (refineries were blockaded here in the U.K by farmers protesting over high duty on fuel), people were concerned that flights would be affected.
It was mentioned at the time that BHX has a direct pipeline from a local oil refinery.
I suspect that this is the case with other city airports.
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1555 times:
At most major airports, fuel(s) come in via pipeline(s), and they keep on-airport tanks filled with several days of usage. (The recent power crisis in California ended up shutting down the pipeline that delivers fuel to LAS, and they got down to only a couple of days worth of local supplies).
Other methods of re-supplying the airport "tank farm" are trucking it in 8,000 or 9,000 gallons at a time (obviously more-suited to smaller usage airports, or ones where pipelines don't exist), and even by ship/barge. Islands are pretty obvious, but I know that Tampa (TPA) recently had a brief shortage because persistant fog over a few days kept the barges from offloading on schedule, so some "land" airports also depend upon water transport of fuel somewhere in the delivery chain...
Astrojet From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 565 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1546 times:
Talking about islands, Ibiza´s airport has a pipeline coming from the port area (about 4 miles).Close to the port they are large tanks to store all the fuel (gas, diesel, kerosene...) that the oil tanker brings from the spanish mainland for the island needs. At the airport you can also see fuel tanks for storage.
EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12426 posts, RR: 41 Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1544 times:
I suppose on islands the fuel must either be transported by boat from the nearest source, or on specially charted cargo flights, or if the island is big enough there would probably be a small fuel depot(?) that serves the whole island.
Demoose From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 26 Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1540 times:
Yeah, as mentioned previously, large airports such as LHR, LGW, MAN, BHX have jet fuel piped to them direct from the refineries. However, I believe that East Midlands does not get it piped directly, as during the fuel crisis last year there were reports that the airport was running out of fuel. So i pressume that fuel is delivered in tankers and stored somewhere if there is not a direct pipeline.
Planenutz From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1267 posts, RR: 12 Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1530 times:
SFO has a pipeline directly from the TOSCO refinery in Richmond , California, about 45 mile away, that feeds into a tank farm just north of the airport. The pipeline was sut down briefly during the power crisis to save electricity, and fuel was transported in by tanker truck.
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3191 posts, RR: 4 Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1484 times:
Here in Trinidad (POS) trucks are used. The trucks bring the fuel in from the refinery which is about 40km away and there offload it into tanks. Supplies to the planes are pumped from pipelines which run to the tarmac from the tanks. Over in Tobago (TAB) supplies are brought in by ship and offloaded directly to a small tank farm, which also provides storage for other oil products for the local gas stations.
Consideration is being given to a pipeline from the refinery to POS, especially with the new developments there.
LBA From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 494 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1462 times:
Fuel is tankered in to LBA from refineries. I heard a funny comment from someone at the airport once who asked why BP were using tankers to transport air around (the tanker says BP Air on the side, air meaning fuel for air use and not that the tank is full of fresh air!)
L_188 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 1455 times:
When I was at Cold Bay all of our fuel shipments arrived via barge. Typically we would get about 250-500 thousand gallons at a time. Pumps on the barge would move the fuel the two miles from the end of the dock to the tank farm. Originally we had a 12 inch line but that was later reduced to a 4 inch line. This lengthened the time that it took to pump the fuel to the farm. Typically it was in excess of 20 hours of pumping time.
I have a picture of one of the fuel barges somewhere. If I get a chance I scan it in and show yall what they look like.
At Anchorage they used to get fuel from both a pipeline from the port and via rail. The rail shipment point used to be right across the street from the Alaska Airlines building right when you get off the ramp at the domestic terminal. This has been discontinued and all fuel shipments arrive via pipeline. The fuel at the port of Anchorage gets there either from tanker barge or from rail shipments from the refinery at North Pole.