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Flights not affected by fuel challenges at O.R. Tambo
Friday, November 16, 2012 | 00:00
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), the airlines and fuel suppliers met this morning to discuss the current fuel supply challenges at O.R. Tambo International as a result of contaminated fuel received from the NATREF refinery.

ACSA receives fuel in three different ways, a dedicated pipeline from NATREF (Sasolburg), dedicated rail tank cars from the coast and volumes of fuel through a pipeline from Durban. The airport received 7 million litres of contaminated fuel through the dedicated pipeline from NATREF, the primary source of Jet A1.

The contaminated fuel in the two tanks has been isolated and cannot be used. The airport has certified fuel in the other tanks that is being used for refuelling.

Currently, O.R. Tambo International Airport has fuel for 1.4 days and the fuel supply industry, led by Air BP is working tirelessly to address the situation.

No flights are being affected at this stage and all ACSA airports remain fully operational.

Any further media enquiries can be referred to Ms Glenda Zvenyika of Air BP on 082 678 8450. BP is the managing member of the O.R. Tambo International Airport fuel consortium.

Queries relating to the NATREF refinery should be directed to Ms Jacqui O’Sullivan on 082 883 9697.
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