The underground fuel hydrant system (FHS) limits the use of refuellers (refuelling trucks/vehicles), thus reducing risks at the airport apron.
On July 15th, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAA) handed over the Decision commencing the operation of the underground FHS at Tan Son Nhat International Airport.
The system, invested by Tan Son Nhat Petrol Commercial Joint Stock Company (Tapetco), proves to have a number of advantages over the tradition refuelling method, including: high level of safety, faster refuelling time, better control of fuel quality…
Tapetco’s Director – Mr. Nguyen Tan Luc – stated that the new FHS will drastically limit the amount of traffic at the apron area, contributing to reduce the overload problem at the airport. The method of refuelling aircrafts using the FHS is currently only in usage at Noi Bai International Airport.
Fuel provision for aircrafts has only been carried out manually. At least 6 refuellers were needed to take turns to refuel one aircraft, which shows to be a time consuming process. While it takes only 01 hydrant dispenser to refuel an aircraft.
Tapetco has built a fuel farm at Bach Dang area (Tan Binh District, HoChiMinh City), including 3 fuel storage tanks with the total capacity of 9.000 cubic meters of Jet A1. There is an underground pipeline sytstem to distribute aviation fuel to the airport apron of the international terminal. There are 20 hydrant pit valves installed at 10 locations. Using a specialised vehicle (hydrant dispenser), an operator can connect an inlet hose to a hydrant pit valve and connect the outlet hose to the refuelling point of an aircraft.
Mr. Pham Van Hao, Deputy Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, stated that the current overloaded situation at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, the abundance amount of vehicles will negatively affect flight safety. “The operation of the Fuel Hydrant System is significant, ensuring the safety of the logistics activities for aircraft prior to departure”, said Mr. Hao.