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New fuel pipeline underpins growth of Brisbane Airport

New fuel pipeline underpins growth of Brisbane Airport

27 July 2016

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Aerial image of Brisbane Airport (Courtesy Brisbane Airport Corporation)

A $16 million jet fuel pipeline opened today to service Brisbane Airport is set to underpin the continued rapid expansion of the international aviation hub over the next 20 years.

The 4.6km replacement pipeline, a 50/50 joint-venture of fuel suppliers Caltex Australia and Shell Aviation Australia, follows a revised route and doubles the delivery rate for jet fuel from 130m3/hr to 270m3/hr.

Subject to future pump upgrades when needed, the pipeline will be able to transport fuel at 500m3/hr, more than triple its previous capacity.

In addition to providing much-needed fuel supply capability, which will enable the airport to pursue its growth plans, the new pipeline has been constructed along a pathway that will ensure previously-unavailable land can now be used by Brisbane Airport for supporting infrastructure and commercial uses.

The pipeline will be operated by Caltex Australia and ensures the reliable delivery of jet fuel for both Caltex and Shell via the Viva Pinkenba terminal through to the airport refuelling facilities, known as the Joint User Hydrant Installation (JUHI).

Caltex Australia General Manager Infrastructure Operations Derek Styles said the project was critical in enabling the airport to fulfil its growth plans.

“This new infrastructure provides the airport with future flexibility to allow multiple suppliers to pump fuel to the airport during peak times, as well as increasing the rate at which the fuel can be delivered,” Mr Styles said.

“The project has been delivered on-time and under-budget and included Australia’s longest horizontal directional drilling through alluvial ground. This was done to minimise the disruption to airport operating runways and taxiways.

“Caltex continues to optimise its entire value chain, having invested more than $2 billion into its national infrastructure network over the past five years.”

Shell Aviation Australia Director Richard Pereira said: "Shell Aviation Australia is delighted to partner with Caltex Australia on this project.

“We have a long and proud history at Brisbane Airport, and this project will allow us to continue to service our customers and the flying public for many decades to come."

Brisbane Airport Corporation’s (BAC) General Manager of Commercial Businesses, John Tormey, said with more than 100 construction and development projects on site or in planning, Brisbane Airport was one of Australia’s most important growth hubs.

“More than $1 billion of infrastructure has been delivered since 2009, with the next decade to see another $3.8 billion invested, including for the new Parallel Runway project,” Mr Tormey said.

“The new location for the jet fuel pipeline has unlocked previously unavailable land for future development by BAC’s property division, BNE Property.

“It allows more space and flexibility on sites within the booming Airport South precinct, popular with industrial businesses seeking close proximity to the terminals and major roadways.”

The Brisbane Airport Corporation master plan projects annual passenger numbers to double over the next 18 years, reaching 49 million by 2034.

Annual aircraft movements are expected to increase from the current 225,000 to 370,000 over that time.”


Media contact
Sam Collyer
Senior Media and Communications Adviser
Caltex Australia
P: (02) 9250 5094

Fast facts

What is the Brisbane Airport Pipeline Facility II (BAPFII)?
The 4.6km pipeline connects fuel storage facilities operated by Viva with Brisbane Airport. It replaces a previous pipeline used for the same purpose, delivering increased capacity and flexibility for future upgrades.

How fast does the fuel flow?
Previous capacity: 130m3/hr
New capacity: 270m3/hr
Future capacity (subject to pump upgrades as needed): 500m3/hr

What other benefits are there for the airport’s fuel supply arrangements?
Jet fuel is delivered via two pipelines (Caltex/Shell and BP). One of the features of the new Caltex/Shell pipeline is that it completes the first step towards enabling the airport to receive fuel from the two pipelines simultaneously, improving supply chain flexibility and reliability.

Construction information

  • At 2km long, the Horizontal Directional Drill (HDD) across airport land was the longest continuous alluvial HDD in Australia – the work took six months to complete
  • Civil piping tie-ins and instrumentation took approximately three months
  • Construction methods were adapted with the cooperation of Brisbane Airport Corporation to enable to more underground drilling, reducing the need for trenches across the airport
  • HDD was also successfully used to construct the Caltex North Products Pipeline under the Brisbane River, connecting the Caltex refinery in Lytton with terminals in Pinkenba (operated by Viva) and Whinstanes (operated by BP)