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Fuel supply at O.R. Tambo International Airport
Friday, November 16, 2012 | 00:00
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has been advised by the Fuel Consortium that the fuel line between NATREF and O.R. Tambo International Airport was contaminated with off-specification Jet A-1, rendering the fuel unfit for use by airlines.

The impact of the contamination on the fuel pipeline is such that approximately seven million litres of fuel, which is currently in storage, is unusable, reducing O.R. Tambo International Airport’s stock levels from four days to 1.6 days. The airport normally receives approximately 3 million litres of fuel daily through the dedicated pipeline from NATREF.

ACSA, together with its airline stakeholders, is engaging the fuel suppliers on what measures can be taken to maintain the supply of jet fuel at O.R. Tambo International Airport. An announcement in this regard will be made later today.

Meanwhile, the O.R. Tambo management team is working with both domestic and international airlines on various measures, including the uptake of fuel at ACSA’s other network of airports. These are aimed at minimising the impact on airlines, passengers and overall airport operations.

“At this point the airport is operating normally. We remain hopeful that the fuel suppliers will find a solution as a matter of urgency. ACSA will provide all the necessary support”, says ACSA Group Communications Manager, Solomon Makgale.
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