MANAMA: Work at Bahrain International Airport’s (BIA) new fuel farm complex is now 99.35 per cent complete and key systems have been commissioned pending vendor’s certification for taking over.

In a statement yesterday, the BAC Jet Fuel Company’s (BJFCO) board of directors emphasised the importance of the on-schedule finalisation of the project, a core component of the Airport Modernisation Programme, while maintaining the highest levels of safety and quality.

The board members were briefed on the latest project milestones, as well as its safety and quality measures, which are in line with international standards.

BJFCO chairman Mohamed AlBinfalah said: “We are pleased with the continued progress on this strategic project, which is now in its final stages, and look forward to launching operations later this year. Upon completion, the fuel farm will reinforce Bahrain’s position as one of the most advanced aviation fuel services hubs in the GCC, while also contributing to the national economy, in line with Vision 2030. The project complements the ambitious AMP and the development of the kingdom’s oil and gas sector, adding a state-of-the-art facility to serve airline operators at BIA.”

BJFCO director and project manager A Majeed Al Qassab said: “The strategic importance of this project cannot be overstated. The fuel farm commissioning has reached an advanced stage and we are now working to identify any required operational adjustments ahead of the facility’s inauguration. Health, safety, security and environment issues remain our top priorities, and we are carefully following all directives issued by the National Task Force for Combating Covid-19.”

Housing three aviation fuel tanks with a capacity of 10,000 cubic metres each, the fuel farm complex covers 77,000 sqm, including dedicated operational buildings.

It is equipped with state-of-the-art safety and security features and the latest aviation product handling technologies.

The complex will supply aircraft with fuel through a dedicated hydrant network covering all BIA operational bays.

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