A new $50 million jet fuel storage facility for the St. Louis Lambert International Airport to replace the current fuel facility.
STL Fuel Company, a consortium of airlines that manages, maintains and operates the existing system, which dates back to 1957, was given approval by the City of St. Louis to construct a more modern, environmentally-friendly fuel storage facility.
The replacement facility will be located on nearly eight acres of airport-owned property and will comprise three 722,000 gallons of aboveground fuel storage tanks and associated pumps, filters and other equipment, with a total minimum usable storage capacity of 1.89 million gallons. It also has room for expansion beyond that capacity.
The age of the current infrastructure, along with new environmental regulations affecting all fuel storage facilities led to the decision by the airline consortium to build a replacement facility.
Once the design is complete the company will have two years to complete the project, which will include building a fuel transfer line from the facility to the airport's terminals, which then routes the fuel to each airline gate.
Once construction is complete STL will close and decommission the existing fuel storage facility.
Jim Stevenson, Southwest Airlines fuel category manager and chairman of STL Fuel Company, says: 'This major capital project being undertaken by STL Fuel Company will allow us to build a replacement fuel storage facility that will be cleaner for the environment, safer for the operators, more cost-efficient for all users, and will result in state-of-the-art, robust infrastructure that will reliably take us into the future.'
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