Jet fuel to be shipped in to avoid supply risk at Cape Town Airport

2014-02-26 10:57
Cape Town - Chevron South Africa has confirmed its refinery in Milnerton is currently undergoing its planned shutdown but says it has arranged for several import vessels to bring jet fuel into Cape Town in order to avert any fuel shortage at Cape Town International Airport.

A concern about the supply of jet fuel was raised on Monday when airlines experienced flight delays due to a compromised supply of fuel caused by the shutdown.

Chevron said in a statement that as of 25 February, Cape Town International Airport has enough fuel stock to meet Airports Company South Africa's (Acsa) requirements and that the first vessel is due to arrive on 26 February and another on 28 February 2014.

Acsa requires airlines to maintain a minimum stock of fuel for at least three days, while airlines have also been refueling at OR Tambo in Johannesburg as a precautionary measure.
"We are in constant contact with Acsa to ensure adequate stocks are available and are working closely with all parties concerned including Shell, the operator of the terminal, in meeting all our contractual obligations. We are confident that sufficient stock level at the airport terminal will be available,” Suzanne Pullinger, Chevron spokesperson said.
The refinery is expected to be up and running on Saturday, 1 March 2014 and back to full production on 4 March 2014.

Well-known local comedian Trevor Noah was caught up in the delays on board a British Airways flight operated by Comair on Monday and tweeted his frustration about the situation - read Noah's hilarious tweets here.

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