A NEW oil product discharge jetty at DP World was officially opened on Thursday.
The new jetty was relocated downstream from its previous site, due to the redevelopment of the former Shell refinery site into a container and ro-ro facility.
Handling around 25% of all aviation fuel destined for airports in the Southeast of England from a storage plant near Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, the new jetty is capable of handling tankers laden with up to 90,000 tonnes of fuel.
Mohammed Sharaf DP World CEO said: “The official opening marks a major milestone in the joint efforts of Shell and DP World to develop London Gateway into an efficient fuel handling facility that will ensure an uninterrupted supply of energy to the UK. We look forward to working with Shell in the coming years as both our operations continue to progress.”
Rachel Crocker, Shell business development manager in the UK said: “This jetty is important for Shell’s aviation business in the UK. We import 2 mill tonnes of aviation fuel per year through this facility and the vast majority of it goes to the UK’s southeastern airports, primarily London Heathrow. This project has created a legacy for the UK that will secure jet supplies for many years to come.”
The jetty terminal – built on time and on budget by DP World – runs continually 365 days per year. State-of- the-art equipment and control systems allow flexibility in handling a range of products in addition to aviation fuel, including diesel and petrol.
Simon Moore, London Gateway CEO said: “We are delighted to welcome the first ships to this new fuel jetty at London Gateway. Work to remove the old jetty pipe work has been completed and land reclamation will soon begin for the final three berths. We look forward to working closely with our neighbour into the future.”