According to the airport, the new fuel farm has six times the capacity of the original facility with three new aviation fuel tanks capable of storing 15 million litres of fuel, the equivalent of six Olympic-sized swimming pools.
A fuel hydrant system enables the fuel to be delivered directly into the aircraft via a hydrant dispenser that connects to a pit in the ground.
Previously at least two fuel trucks with up to a 45,000-litre capacity were required to fuel a long-haul flight. These aircraft can now be refuelled in less than half the time while the number of fuel vehicles on the apron area has dropped by 50 percent.
“The extra fuel storage capacity that this development brings is hugely welcome,” elaborated Vincent Harrison, managing director, Dublin Airport.
“Dublin Airport’s passenger numbers have increased by 58 percent since 2011 from 18.7 million to 29.6 million in 2017. During that time Dublin Airport has welcomed 113 new routes and 22 new airlines. Customers’ requirements for fuel have significantly increased.”