Indian Oil commissions 36 km fuel pipeline to Bengaluru International Airport

In a major move to reducing emissions and traffic, while increasing reliability and purity, Indian Oil, commissioned its 36 km long pipeline from its bulk storage terminal at Devanagonthi to Bengaluru International Airport at Devanahalli, where its joint venture with Skytanking GmbH of Germany, IndianOil Skytanking Ltd. (IOSL), is the primary Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) vendor.

The underground pipeline costing Rs 330 million, has a capacity to pump over 156,000 litres of ATF per hour which can be further scaled up to over 220,000 litres in the second phase.

The pipeline will replace the over 80 tanker trips up and down, drastically reducing the traffic congestion and the resultant pollution being pumped in to the air around Bangalore. Safety at the airport will also increase, as previously, the tankers would be lined up on the road in front of the upcoming cargo village.

The new pipeline will ensure the supply of uninterrupted and pollutant-free ATF to the Bangalore International Airport meeting international quality standards, and will avoid supply issues, during bad weather, strikes, and other disruptions.

The new pipeline crosses over 18 major roads, four water courses and five highways enroute and has been designed and executed conforming to global standards like ASME and OSD. The entire pipeline system is also protected with dual fusion bonded epoxy (DFBE) coating to protect it from external corrosion.

The the whole supply process is monitored using Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system (SCADA) with various fail-safe, safety and security mechanisms.

IOSL handles about 160 daily re-fuellings of both international and domestic airlines at Bengaluru International Airport.

Kudos to both IOSL and BIAL for their progressive approach.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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