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Monday, June 23, 2014 - 05.53 GMT
SL Aviation Industry marks an important milestone


President Mahinda Rajapaksa commissioned the Fuel Hydrant System and Aviation Refueling Terminal of the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) at Mattala, Hambantota yesterday (June 22).

The functioning of the automated Fuel hydrant system along with the state of the art Aviation Terminal facility will become an important milestone in the Aviation Industry in Sri Lanka in many ways for the economic development, employment generation and regional development in the near future.

Terminal facility was constructed at a cost of Rs. 5 billion (US$ 40 million). The fully computerized Oil Storage Terminal has the capacity to store 3 million liters of aircraft fuel and the refueling facility can supply fuel to the world's largest passenger aircraft such as an Airbus-340 which can take in 310,000 liters of aviation fuel.

In addition, the facility comprises a high-tech computerized refueling unit, a Fire hydrant system, and fire hazard identification system.

The required Jet-A1 fuel will be initially supplied by 33,000 liters capacity Road Tankers from the CPSTL Kolonnawa installation, until the SLPA Aviation storage tank farm at the Hambantota Port facility is ready for operations. A pipeline corridor from Hambantota Port to MRIA over a length of around 32 KM has been allocated by the RDA for a Jet-A1 transfer pipeline to be constructed in the future, based on the increasing demand for Jet-A1 at MRIA.

Ministers Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, Sarath Kumara Gunaratne, Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Deputy Ministers Geethanjana Gunawardena, Sarana Gunawardena, MP Namal Rajapaksa and Uva Province Chief Minister Shashendra Rajapaksa were also present.






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