OR Tambo currently has 5.3 days of average stock on hand and King Shaka in Durban 20 days.
Emergency plans need to be drawn up for the supply of jet fuel during the peak season in South Africa, Airports Company SA (ACSA) was told earlier this week at a meeting with the ACSA Fuel Forum Committee (FFC).
According to the notice from the Board of Airline Representative of South Africa (BARSA) to its members, seen by Fin24, ACSA has agreed to take action regarding this concern.
A jet fuel crisis began in mid-March at OR Tambo – SA’s busiest airport – after flooding in KwaZulu-Natal damaged railways and fuel infrastructure. It forced some international airlines to divert flights to Durban and Windhoek to refuel on their return journey.
ACSA then joined forces with oil companies and the state logistics company, Transnet, to meet the supply challenge.
Last month, Sasol was forced to close its Natref refinery – a major supplier of jet fuel – after delays in crude oil deliveries. It raised concerns about the impact on jet fuel availability.
The Natref refinery is now fully operational and ACSA indicated at the FFC meeting that there were no supply restrictions in the country. OR Tambo currently has 5.3 days of average stock on hand and King Shaka in Durban 20 days.
The total stock of aviation fuel for delivery to OR Tambo this week via a dedicated Transnet aviation fuel pipeline from Natref and by rail from Durban is estimated at 15.2 million litres.
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