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New Bulk Jet Fuel Storage Facility

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A new 3-million-gallon (13.6 million l) bulk jet fuel storage facility has opened at St Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) in the US.

The facility cost $50 million (€43.1 million) and was designed and built by engineering firm Burns & McDonnell.

It has three 1-million-gallon aboveground storage tanks, an 11,000 ft (3,353 m) underground fuel transmission pipeline with a leak detection system to deliver fuel to the terminal and five horizontal pumps capable of delivering 1,200 gallons of fuel per minute.

The facility also includes a 4,300 ft2 operations building with a control room, offices and a vehicle maintenance shop.

STL invested an additional $50 million in other fuelling infrastructure, including hydrant system improvements, a new emergency fuel shut-off system, a hydrant cart test facility, a truck load facility and parking, and new fuelling stations for ground service equipment.

The new facility, which has space for an additional 1-million-gallon tank, should that be required in future, is double the size of the previous facility, built 60 years ago.

STL airport director, Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, said: “The new facilities will support future airport growth.”

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