Monday, January 25, 2010
Aviation fuel to KIA cut following TOR inferno
Aviation turbine kerosene (ATK) supply to Kotoka International Airport (KIA) has been suspended following the fire outbreak at the loading gantry of Tema Oil Refinery (TOR).
In a press statement issued by the Ghana Airports Authority and signed by its managing director Doreen Owusu Fianko, the company requested airlines to refuel from neighbouring countries.
“The situation has further been affected by on-going refurbishment of the tanks by JUHI in line with safety standards in the aviation industry and is scheduled to be completed in February 2010.
“JUHI has meanwhile initiated steps to ensure the provision of ATK from neighboring countries for use at the airport in the short - term.
“In view of the storage capacity issues, the Ghana Airports Company Ltd (GACL) had already initiated the processes to collaborate with the private sector to provide additional storage facilities to augment capacity at the airport.
The statement said “the Ghana Airports Company Ltd (GACL) deeply regrets the inconvenience caused by the shortage and wishes to assure the airlines and the traveling public of its commitment to help resolve these challenges in a timely manner to ensure smooth, safe and secure operations at the airport.”
The TOR fire gutted the loading bay of the refinery, shutting down several of its sections.
At least two persons died from burns they suffered as a result of the fire.