Russia's Rosneft begins construction on fuel supply complex at Pulkovo airport

WCN Editorial Team 3 Jun 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Russian oil company Rosneft has commenced construction of modern fuel supply complex at the Pulkovo International Airport in Saint Petersburg, with an investment of more than more than RUB3bn (£36.2m).

Planned to be implemented by the subsidiaries of Rosneft and VTB bank, the project is intended to help meet the growing air hub's demand for jet fuel, and create additional jobs.

Rosneft Aero owns majority stake in the Pulkovo fuel supply complex, which will have capacity of 300,000 metric tons of kerosene-type jet fuel.

The capacity accounts for about 50% of annual fuelling volumes considering the airport expansion plan, Rosneft said.

The Pulkovo fuel supply complex comprises systems of fuel hydrants under the airport apron; fuel storage facilities with a total capacity of 16,000m3; pump filtration station and fuel line; aircraft fuel loading points to airfield refuelers; and railway tracks and overpasses for 12 railway tanks.

Rosneft said in a statement: "The development of infrastructure and the emergence of a modern fuel supply complex with a centralized filling system will increase the attractiveness of Pulkovo airport as a transit hub for long-haul carriers supported by increasing the speed of service."

The new fuel supply complex forms part of the company’s plan to expand its own network of refuelling complexes and increase jet fuel supplies to consumers.

Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin said: "The construction of the Pulkovo Fuel Supply Complex is the further Company's project work on the development of regional transport infrastructure."

The new fuel supply complex, which will fully comply with modern world standards, is expected to allow the air hub to become the most important one in the north-western region, the firm noted.

Sechin added: "Its implementation will provide the city with a number of advantages, such as new jobs formation, attraction of investments, as well as additional tax revenues to the budget.

"By laying the first foundation stone of the fuel supply complex today we are setting a goal to create a modern fuel infrastructure, which in the future will meet all the needs of the air hub with growing passenger traffic."

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Image: The new fuel supply complex is being built at the Pulkovo International Airport in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Photo: courtesy of ROSNEFT.

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