The Suvarnabhumi Service Station started comprehensive aircraft refueling service for airlines at Suvarnabhumi airport on September 28, 2006. Because Suvarnabhumi is one of the biggest airports in Asia and because the Thai government has a policy to make it the center of air transport for Southeast Asia, the company developed the Hydrant Pipeline Network to another level by applying aircraft refueling innovations, boosting the efficiency of the refueling service.
Suvarnabhumi service station comprises 5 key components:
Suvarnabhumi Depot encompasses 63 rai of area on the eastern part of Suvarnabhumi airport. It is crossed in the middle by the Nong-gnuhao canal. An office building, an operations building, and 5 tanks of Jet A-1 fuel with total capacity of 75 million liters are situated within the depot. The automated fuel receiving-dispensing system comprise 10 sets of Variable Speed Drive Hydrant Pumps, which uses the inverter technology to allow for Suvarnabhumi airport’s aircraft fuel demands and to save energy. Also situated within the depot are fire-fighting facilities, a closed-circuit television system, and a perimeter intrusion detection system. In addition to these, the company has also installed a fiber-optic perimeter intrusion system capable of indicating the point of intrusion so that security personnel may move in to deal with intruders in a timely manner.
Jet A-1 Supply Pipelines
The Suvarnabhumi Depot was designed to be able to take in Jet A-1 fuel from 2 channels including the Bangchak refinery in Chongnonsee and various refineries in Mabtaput-Si Racha. This was done to ensure that there will be enough aircraft fuel for Suvarnabhumi airport’s demand. The oil is sent to Suvarnabhumi airport through pipes designed specifically for Jet A-1 fuel.
Into-Plane Service Substation
The Into-Plane Service Substation acts as a control center, and manages aircraft refueling work within Suvarnabhumi airport. All types of aircraft refueling are managed through the control center for aircraft refueling services. The Into-Plane Service Substation comprise the into-plane service office building, the refueling vehicles maintenance building, underground fuel storage tanks equipped with dispenser pumps, fuel dispensing spots for refueller vehicles and the Test & Calibration Station.
Hydrant Pipeline Network
The Hydrant Pipeline Network is a network of high-pressure fuel pipelines buried underground and spreading throughout the aircraft parking area at Suvarnabhumi airport. Jet A-1 fuel from the depot is channeled through hydrant pumps into the hydrant pipelines and then to each of the 119 parking pits. The network is operated by Thai Aviation Refueling Co. Ltd., which was granted concession from Airports of Thailand Plc.
Aircraft Refueling Vehicles
The last step for bringing jet fuel to aircrafts involve aircraft refueling vehicles, which are classified into two types comprising the Dispensers and the Refuellers. The two types of service vehicles are able to provide aircraft refueling service for every airline around the clock. Determined to foster efficient service, the company brought into use the Aviation Fuel Management System so that efficiency and precision are maximized. The system composes of:Office System
The Office System installed in the Into-Plane Service Substation has the duty of preparing information for and regulating the services of both types of aircraft refueling vehicles, in addition to managing manpower and equipment resources to accommodate each airline’s fuel demand.Vehicle Information System
The Vehicle Information System can take in service information either via USB Flash Drives or via Wireless Communication. The service personnel need only indicate the flight information, aircraft registration and parking pit before providing the refueling service. Upon completion of service the computer inside the vehicle records all information of the refuel and automatically prints out a delivery receipt.