The government of Sharjah in the UAE and Air BP, a marketer of aviation fuels and related support services, have jointly inaugurated a $32 million (22 million) jet fuel facility.
The facility is designed to improve Sharjah International Airport's operational capabilities and boost its potential refuelling capacity in line with the northern emirate's projected aviation industry growth.
The 50,000 tonne facility is located in the Hamriyah Free Zone and comprises a 45,000 m2 jet fuel storage terminal and 45 km pipeline linked directly with the airport.
The facility will be managed by Anabeeb, a joint venture set up between the government of Sharjah and Air BP.
'This project has enabled BP to contribute its expertise and use state-of-the-art technology and monitoring equipment to ensure a safe and reliable service to the airport,' Air BP's CEO Rita Griffin says. 'It will help eliminate some 50 round trips by fuel tankers on Sharjah's roads every day, which will benefit safety and reduce carbon emissions and congestion in and around the city.'
The Anabeeb operations will also enhance the strategic importance of BP Sharjah, which controls three gas fields along with a processing plant, gas compression facilities and two liquid gas export terminals in the emirate.