Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), through its subsidiary Horizon Terminals Ltd, will commence construction of the underground 16km jet fuel pipeline extension linking Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South by the end of 2016.
Front end engineering and design for the pipeline extension to Al Maktoum International Airport is currently in progress, and is expected to come on-stream by the fourth quarter of 2018, the company said on Wednesday.
The 58km pipeline connecting the storage terminals in Jebel Ali with Dubai International Airport has been operational since March 2015 and has a storage capacity of 141,500 cubic metres for adequate jet fuel supply to the Dubai International Airport.
“With its strategic location and impressive airport connectivity, Dubai’s vision to become the Middle East aviation hub and leading business destination has now been realised,” said Saif Humaid Al Falasi, ENOC’s Group CEO.
He said ENOC has had a close association with Dubai Airports since inception, supplying jet fuel to meet the increasing traffic demand at the Dubai International Airport.
He added: "With the extension of 16km to Al Maktoum International Airport, we look forward to strengthening this relationship, as well as powering towards the future of connectivity of this great emirate."
Dubai Airports recently announced that Al Maktoum International Airport has a projected annual capacity of 12 million tonnes of freight and 160 – 260 million passengers.
This coupled with Dubai International Airport’s $7.8 billion airport and airspace expansion programme are key indicators of Dubai’s plans to growth their aviation infrastructure and capabilities to double its passenger handling capacity to 200 million passengers a year by 2045.
In terms of meeting fuel demand, the majority of Dubai International Airport’s jet fuel supply can be fulfilled by Falcon pipeline.
Upon the completion of the extension to Al Maktoum International Airport, the pipeline will be able to meet 60% of Dubai Airport’s combined demand in 2050.
“Project Falcon is already providing reliable daily supply of jet fuel to Dubai International Airport, and will do the same for Al Maktoum International Airport in the near future,” said Al Falasi.
“As Dubai expands its aviation and tourism capabilities, infrastructures like Project Falcon are crucial facets of the city’s overall development plans.”