Mr. Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan, Adviser to Prime Minister on Aviation Division, inaugurated Pakistan’s largest and most advanced Fuel Farm Facility at the New Islamabad International Airport (NIIAP) on Thursday April 12, 2018. The facility is jointly developed by Pakistan State Oil (PSO), the nation’s largest Oil Marketing Company with operations at 9 major airports and over 35 years of experience in fuelling the aviation industry, and Attock Petroleum Limited (APL), a progressive Oil Marketing Company, and a part of Pakistan’s only fully vertically integrated oil group (Attock Oil Group of Companies) with the collective experience of over 100 years in Oil & Gas Sector, experienced in developing state-of-the-art infrastructure for storage, handling and delivery of quality petroleum products.
Covering an area of 12 acres, the Fuel Farm Facility is compliant with local and international standards including JIG, NFPA, API as well as the CAA for the receiving, storing, filtering, pumping, and testing of aviation fuels. Furnished with a smart refueling system comprising of automation, safety interlocks, automatic detection & response, and quality control features, the Fuel Farm supports the hydrant refueling system of NIIAP which is Pakistan’s largest airport refueling system with a 14KM hydrant line of 14-inch diameter and 55 hydrant pits to fuel aircrafts round-the-clock.
The facility’s smooth operations are ensured by offloading bays equipped with 600 USGPM pumps, a storage capacity of 10,000 Metric Tons with 3 vertical API 650-compliant tanks, a 3,600 USGPM product pumping system, and highly advanced refueling equipment comprising 8 Hydrant Servicers. The fuel farm also features modern monitoring and control systems such as Motor Control Center (MCC), Human Machine Interface and Digital Control System, Public Address System, main and back-up power supply, API Separator, and a test rig for aviation equipment.
Mr. SardarMehtab Ahmed Khan, the Chief Guest of the inauguration ceremony, said on the occasion: “We appreciate the efforts of PSO and APL to serve the aviation industry by setting up this huge, state-of-the-art Fuel Farm Facility. This shows some serious commitment from both players to their mission of ensuring seamless fuel supply to the aviation sector.”
“The facility is a big step forward in effectively meeting the growing fuelling needs of the aviation industry and is all set to effectively serve the largest airport in Pakistan. I congratulate PSO and APL on this big achievement and ensure you that the Government will extend the best of its support to them in all endeavors meant to positively impact Pakistan’s aviation sector and overall economic development.”
MD & CEO PSO, Sheikh ImranulHaque, said at the inauguration:”We feel extremely delighted and proud in launching the country’s largest and most advanced Fuel Farm Facility at the largest and most advanced airport of Pakistan. For decades, PSO has been fueling the nation and today we have strengthened our leadership position further in responsibly meeting the fueling needs of the Pakistani aviation industry.”
“I congratulate Attock Petroleum Limited too for this impressive joint feat where they utilized their own experience of developing state-of-the-art infrastructure for storage, handling, and delivery of petroleum products. PSO stays committed to its mission of ensuring a seamless supply of quality fuel products to every corner and industry of the country which we will continue to pursue with a greater fervor.”
Group Chief Executive Attock Oil Group of Companies & CEO – APL, Mr. Shuaib Anwar Malik, said at the ceremony: “The Fuel Farm Facility is a huge step in the direction of efficiently fueling Pakistan’s aviation sector. We are proud to indigenously set up this state-of-the-art facility that redefines aviation services within Pakistan. From operations to monitoring &control, and from safety & security to occupants’ welfare, the facility offers the best available systems and equipment to meet the aviation fueling needs. Our goal at Attock Group is to make Pakistan proud with innovative solutions and deliver quality products to all the segments locally and globally from exploration to refining to marketing of Pakistan’s widest range of petroleum products portfolio.”
“At Attock Petroleum, we share our mission of meeting the nation’s fueling needs. This Fuel Farm Facility, in partnership with PSO is a strong manifestation of that very commitment. We are confident that the facility will effectively serve the aviation industry for decades to come and help people and businesses to move fast and safe.”
Fuel Farm facility at NIIAP is equipped with robust storage capacity, maximum product pumping ability to refuel multiple aircraft in minimal time, latest detection, firefighting and alarm systems, which makes this facility most advance and largest fuel farm of the country. Fuel Farm facility at NIIAP will be serving Pakistan’s largest airport and ensure smooth and efficient delivery of quality products. This facility will not only set new benchmark for Pakistan’s aviation industry but also serve as a backbone to this airport, ushering in a new era of resilience and steadfastness.