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Manchester - Low on fuel

Old 4th Apr 2008, 17:30
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Manchester - Low on fuel

From the BBC

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/m...er/7331296.stm


Flights travelling from Manchester Airport face cancellation following a problem with fuel supplies.
Jet fuel from its suppliers at Shell's Stanlow refinery in Ellesmere Port has been shut off since Wednesday because it was found to be of a poor standard.
The airport can store four million litres of fuel but can use up to three million litres a day.
A spokesperson for the refinery said they were "confident' the supply issue would be resolved in "due course".
"We have a dedicated team working on the issue and we're confident that it will be resolved in due course," the spokesperson said.
"Disruptions in the supply chain can occur at any time, and the aviation industry is well-prepared to overcome these challenges."
Alternative supplies
A spokesperson for Manchester Airport said: "We have been advised by Shell, our suppliers of aviation fuel, of a problem at the Stanlow refinery.
"In the meantime alternative supplies are being sourced. These are not at the level that we would normally require and we have taken steps to minimise fuel use while this situation persists.
There was a problem with the quality of jet fuel at the oil refinery


"Our suppliers have advised us that they expect to resolve the situation in the immediate future.
"We do not expect this to lead to any problems with flights and we have every confidence that our supplies will be restored without any impact on the operation."
However, if the problem is not resolved soon, Manchester Airport may have to start prioritising which planes can be refuelled and is already advising short haul airlines to refuel elsewhere.
However, even if supplies are restored soon there could still be a problem as it takes 12 hours to pump one day's supply through the pipeline. Bringing it by road is not a feasible option as it would take 1,000 tankers to transport that amount.
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Old 4th Apr 2008, 19:42
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Eurocontrol CFMU are suggesting fuel supplies will only last until Sunday...
MANCHESTER AIRPORT FUEL SUPPLY
Valid from: 2008-04-04
until: UFN
Released: 2008-04-04 17:40:10


MANCHESTER AIRPORT FUEL SUPPLY
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(THIS AIM IS SENT ON BEHALF OF LONDON FMP)
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DUE TO A FAILURE IN THE FUEL PIPELINE SUPPLYING MANCHESTER
AIRPORT,JET A1 FUEL IS IN VERY SHORT SUPPLY. IT IS ANTICIPATED
CURRENT RESERVES WILL LAST UNTIL SUNDAY MORNING. A TIMESCALE FOR
THE RETURNTO NORMAL FUEL SUPPLIES IS UNAVAILABLE.
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OPERATORS ARE REQUESTED, WHERE POSSIBLE, TO MAXIMISE TANKERING,
ANDNOT TO NOMINATE MANCHESTER AS A DIVERSION ALTERNATE.
FOR CURRENT INFORMATION, OPERATORS ARE TO CONTACT THEIR LOCAL
HANDLING AGENTS.
NOTAMS A0878/08, A1007/08 AND A1025/08 REFER.
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SENT ON BEHALF OF LONDON FMP,
CFMU NETWORK MANAGEMENT CELL EUROCONTROL BRUSSELS
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Old 5th Apr 2008, 17:58
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any update on this situation?

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BBC News reporting the situation now resolved.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/m...er/7332022.stm

Flights are operating as normal at Manchester Airport following fears planes would be grounded over problems with the quality of its fuel supply.

The airport's supplies from Shell's Stanlow oil refinery in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, were stopped on Wednesday.

Airport chiefs rationed its stored supply, and sought alternative sources.

However, the problem has since been fixed and the airport confirmed there were no cancellations and passengers should arrive as normal for flights.

An airport spokesman said on Saturday: "Manchester Airport is operating as usual this morning with no delays or cancellations.

"Passengers do not need to contact their airline before arriving at the airport. Flights are leaving as normal and on time."

'Short-term issues'

The airport previously advised airlines operating short-haul flights to fill up their planes before they arrived at Manchester, while long haul flights had faced a detour to refuel.

A spokeswoman for Shell said there had been short-term problems with the quality of some fuel batches from its refinery but none of this fuel reached the airport.

She said: "At present sufficient supplies of jet fuel are being maintained from Shell to Manchester Airport.

"There have been short-term issues with production of jet fuel at Stanlow Refinery, which have now been rectified."

The airport can store four million litres of jet fuel, but can use up to three million litres a day.

It takes 12 hours to pump one day's supply through the pipeline from Ellesmere Port - it would take 1,000 tankers to transport the same amount by road.
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