Our Aviation Fuel Business

Our Hydrant System that supports Haneda Airport

In 1955, San-Ai Oil developed nation’s first Hydrant System - a system that pumps aviation fuel to the aircraft through underground pipelines and started into-plane fuel operation in Haneda Airport.

Since then, our fuel facility and hydrant system technique have become a model of main domestic airports in Japan such as New Chitose (CTS), Narita (NRT), Chubu (NGO), Kansai (KIX) and several overseas airports such as Suwannaphum (BKK), Don Mueang (DMK) and Noi Bai (HAN).

In October 2010, with re-internationalization* project of Haneda Airport followed by the opening of a new international terminal and a runway, we constructed two additional fuel storage tanks, new jetty,and extended hydrant system to serve the much increased demand of Jet fuel.

We will continue to commit to more safety and accuracy in our operation looking ahead to the future.

*re-internationalization project of Haneda Airport
Haneda was initially opened as an international airport in 1952. However, following the opening of Narita (New Tokyo International Airport) in 1978, the airport had long been served mainly for domestic flights. In 2010, with new government strategy to develop Haneda into an international hub-airport, utilizing its heart-of-Tokyo location (10 miles/20min by train from the center), new landing slots were allocated for international flights and international terminal was opened. Today, Haneda is still in the middle of its expansion with more planned landing slots and possibilities toward 2020.

Operation flow from Jet A-1 receipt to into-plane

For a series of operation flow from aviation fuel receipt to discharge, accurate and prompt operation system, based on safety, is most required. In Haneda Airport, 24-hour computerized facility control system, together with thoroughly confirmed manual operation, has made our fuel facility operation and quality control more effective and secure.

  1. 1Fuel Receiving Jetty

    Two barges can dock at the same time

    Oil Fence

    Unload Jet A-1 from Oil Tankers under strict control

    Approximately 60 oil tankers dock at our Haneda Jetty every month. Before unloading, we closely check fuel appearance, water, density, electric conductivity, etc. following industry regulation, then take retention sample. After confirming load quantity and related documents, aviation fuel (Jet A-1) is unloaded and brought into the storage tanks.
    Based on high awareness of Safety Operation, we regularly conduct several drills such as oil fence expansion and fire that simulate the accident during unloading process.

  2. 2Fuel facility Monitoring and Quantity Control

    Facility Operation Monitoring

    Our centralized monitoring system from fuel receipt to into-plane supports massive air transport function

    Aviation fuel, which is pumped from the jetty, is transported to our fuel storage tanks. In order to secure fuel quantity and stock, the process is fully controlled by computerized system reinforced with constant monitoring by our operators. We check fuel storage tanks and filter separators every day, and perform emergency drills for fuel leakage or earthquake regularly.

  3. 3Fuel Facility Check and Maintenance

    Check of Hydrant Pit

    Maintain fuel facilities and 40km hydrant pipelines spread under Haneda Airport

    In order to prevent malfunction or failure in hydrant system or related equipment, we provide regular inspection and maintenance. In addition to daily check of hydrant pits, which are equipped at more than 330 points in apron area, fuel storage tanks, pressurization of buried pipelines, sub-station facility and vehicles (34 for fuelling, 8 for maintenance, 25 for internal communication) are inspected regularly for the safety of fuel facility operation.

  4. 4Into-Plane Fuel Operation

    Our fuel operators provide more than 300 aircrafts a day with prompt and accurate fuelling service

    Aviation fuel is pumped from the fuel storage tanks to each apron area through pipelines, then brought to the aircraft by fuel dispensers. Before fuelling, fuel operator provides final quality check in the fuel vehicle, then confirms safety by over 20 times of pointing and calling out action. We put emphasis on developing reliability and safety in fuel operation by means of one-to-one training to newly employed operators, close monitoring of fuel leakage and so on.

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