December 2009 Vol. 236 No. 12

Features

Jet Fuel Pipelines And Storage Require Special Operation, Maintenance Considerations

Jet fuel pipelines and bulk storage tanks require special operating and maintenance considerations. Jet fuels, specifically Jet A-1 and JP-8, are kerosene-type fuels used to power aircraft engines. These fuels are subject to stringent quality requirements necessitating special equipment and engineering. Along the distribution chain, from the refinery to the airport, jet fuels are stored in bulk oil storage terminals and transported via pipelines, marine vessels and road tankers. It should be ensured that the fuel quality has not deteriorated to unacceptable levels along the distribution chain. Jet fuels have a flash point of 38oC and are combustible liquids. Measures to mitigate

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