Horizon Terminals, a subsidiary of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), has begun construction of a $142m automated bulk liquid petroleum terminal in the Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The liquid petroleum terminal will include automated facilities designed to receive jet fuel from an adjacent ENOC-owned refinery as well as marine tankers.
The terminal's dedicated 58km pipeline will connect directly to Dubai International Airport for the supply of jet fuel oil, and will also have a branch-off connection to Al Maktoum International Airport.
The petroleum terminal will also have tanker truck loading facilities connected to oil tanker berths and associated abilities to ensure supply lines to other airports in UAE.
ENOC chief executive officer Saeed Abdullah Khoory said the terminal adds great value to Dubai's aviation industry.
"This is further bolstered by the growth of Dubai-owned Emirates Airline and the increasing number of annual aircraft movements, set to clock over 560,000 by year 2020," Khoory said. "This tremendous growth in the aviation and airline industry needs to be sustained with a timely and reliable supply of jet fuel, which is the primary goal of this new terminal."
The 141,000m³ petroleum terminal is slated to begin operations in the fourth quarter of 2013.