Exolum and daa’s €40m renovation doubles Dublin’s storage capacity

The operator of Dublin and Cork airports, and Exolum are investing €40 million on work including the installation of a new hydrocarbon storage terminal at Dublin Airport, enabling it to double the plant’s storage capacity.

Exolum also manages the storage facility and provides logistics services for the reception, storage and dispatch of Jet A1 under a concession granted by daa (formerly Dublin Airport Authority).

The new facility has three storage tanks of 5,000 cubic metres each, parking, pumping stations, charging systems for the on-board units and state-of-the-art safety systems.

The project has included the construction of a hydrant system at the airport’s boarding piers with 86 fuel pits from the hydrant to facilitate on-board operations, which is connected to the storage terminal via a double pipeline.

This distribution network allows Jet A1 fuel to be transported underground from the storage terminal to the aircraft supply points. This reduces the presence of fossil fuel tanker trucks on the airport apron, enhancing the efficiency, safety and sustainability of the whole process, as well as significantly reducing the time taken to supply aircraft and cutting CO2 emissions.

The works have resulted in new refuelling unit loading bays being put into operation, together with two vehicle service maintenance buildings and offices for board agents.

Dublin Airport is Ireland’s main airport, which this year will handle more than 26 million passengers, with a range of flights to over 180 destinations, operated by 44 different airlines.

The remodeling project has considered the stringent regulations that are in place regarding the handling and storage of aviation fuels. They are also fully cognizant of the main international organisations which control compliance, including the EI (Energy Institute) and the JIG (Joint Inspection Group).


(Source: Tank News Int., Sept. 26-2022)

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