Gazpromneft Aero to invest over 1.8 billion rubles in air force bases in 2013

09 July 2013

Gazpromneft Aero, the operator of Gazprom Neft’s aviation fuel business, is planning to invest over 1.8 billion rubles in modernizing fueling infrastructure at  Russian Air Force Link will open new window bases in 2013.

Since early 2013, Gazpromneft Aero has built seven new fuel testing laboratories at air force bases and has purchased 21 new fueling trucks for use in Pskov, Ryazan, Tambov, Lipetsk, Taganrog, Yekaterinburg, Orenburg, and Akhtubinsk. The company will continue to build new refueling facilities for the Russian Air Force to meet international aviation fuel supply standards.

“Large-scale modernization of airfield refueling infrastructure and the guaranteed quality of the products we supply allow us to work more closely with the Russian Air Force and introduce the best international practices of aviation fuel supply at airfields,” said Gazpromneft Aero CEO Vladimir Yegorov. “In 2012, the company delivered over 350,000 tons of fuel into airplanes at Russian Air Force bases, and we plan to exceed that number this year.”

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There are two types of refueling trucks approved for us at Russian AF bases: the TZA-22 with a <nobr>22,000-liter</nobr> tank capacity, and the new TZA-50 with a <nobr>50,000-liter</nobr> tank capacity, custom built by Gazpromneft Aero for fast refueling of heavy-duty aircraft. TZA-50 trucks are equipped with a fuel pump system that can deliver 2500 liters per minute, which fully meets international aviation fuel supply standards, and allows to refuel aircraft efficiently in any weather conditions at temperatures ranging from -40° C to +50° C. In 2012, 49 new Gazpromneft Aero refueling trucks were delivered to air force bases.

Gazpromneft Aero is a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft. It has been providing aircraft refueling services, including wing-tip refueling, since January 1, 2008. Since December 2008, Gazpromneft Aero has become a strategic partner of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in the field of aviation fuel supply.

At present, Gazpromneft Aero is the leading aviation fuel supplier on the Russian market. The company owns a network of refueling complexes, and is the number one supplier of aviation kerosene to aircraft in terms of its wing-tip refueling operations among retail network market players in Russia.

Gazpromneft Aero has been operating at Russian AF bases since 2011. At present, the company provides refueling services at 28 airfields. The company specialists are responsible for receiving and storing of aviation fuel, preparing it for issue, and wing-tip refueling of aircraft. The fuel is subjected to quality control in a laboratory environment before each refueling operation.