Shell Aviation has invested in a brand new jet fuel depot at Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport (l’Aéroport de Paris-Beauvais-Tillé – BVA), which is one of the ten busiest airports in France by passenger number.
The new depot, set out over 8000m² of land, offers three times the storage capacity compared to the former facilities, increasing supply security at the airport.
“This investment stems from our business strategy to focus our growth in key locations. In addition to new business opportunities through new airport entries, we help our existing customers and locations to be more competitive, operate more efficiently and safely through investments such as the new depot at Beauvais. We continue to grow with our long term partners.” said Mel Lane, General Manager Europe, Shell Aviation.
Shell Aviation has been present at Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport for more than 60 years and the company’s subsidiary, Avitair is the sole operator at the airport with responsibility for the fuel storage facilities and into-plane services. Beauvais Airport, located near the city of Beauvais in northern France serves over 4 million passengers each year. In addition to the many commercial airlines that use the airport on a regular basis, Beauvais serves as one of the main French airports for Ryanair, whose leading supplier in France and Europe is Shell Aviation. The new, expanded depot enables Beauvais to meet current customer demand while also providing supply security for the airport’s future growth.
“This depot is the latest milestone in our long collaboration with Shell Aviation. We are very pleased that they have built these outstanding facilities, using their extensive expertise in fuel storage and handling. This infrastructure is crucial in supporting us to achieve our growth ambitions through serving our existing customers and by strengthening our position to offer companies a competitive fuel service,” said Michel Liot, President of Beauvais Airport’s management company.
The new depot includes six 120 m3 capacity Jet A1 tanks and three discharging and loading pumps.
One of the important features of the facilities is the newly created landside discharging area, which means haulier trucks no longer need to enter the restricted airport area to replenish the tanks, reducing traffic on the airside. As well as the new refuelling facilities, the new depot includes an office building for staff that has been built in line with the French RT 2012 efficiency standard, ensuring low energy consumption of the building. Shell Aviation had also introduced a self-service unit for Avgas at the airport in 2014.
Investing in new infrastructure in existing operations is part of Shell’s Aviation Centre of Excellence (ACE) programme, which was introduced at Beauvais in 2014. The programme focuses on delivering efficient operations, establishing and maintaining high safety standards, utilising state-of-the-art equipment, and providing marketing support through the Shell brand.
Shell Aviation serves about 1,000 European customers in 17 European countries.