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Bristol Royal Portbury Dock milestone

Simon Bird, CEO of The Bristol Port Company (left) with Mark Welch, Supply & Logistics Manager Q8Aviation at Royal Portbury Dock

The ten millionth tonne of jet fuel was imported by Q8Aviation into Bristol Royal Portbury Dock recently.

This marked an important milestone for Q8Aviation, who own the state of the art import facilities at Royal Portbury Dock.

Mark Welch, Q8Aviation’s Supply and Logistics Manager and former Project Manager for Royal Portbury Dock, comments: “We are delighted with the success of our operation at Bristol Port.

“Ten million tonnes is almost equivalent to the total volume of jet fuel consumed in the whole of the UK each year, and so it is certainly a substantial amount.”

The state of the art import facilities at Royal Portbury Dock opened in 2003 as a partnership between the Oil Pipeline Agency and The Bristol Port Company.

Today they are owned by fuel importer Q8Aviation, which brings in the fuel from Kuwait in large tankers and stores it in tanks at the port before transferring it to a storage centre at London’s Heathrow Airport via the GPSS (Government Pipelines and Storage System).

Q8Aviation, which is owned by Kuwait Petroleum Corportation (KPC), provides a fuel supply service at thirteen UK airports, including the leading airports of Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester, as well as a network of fast-growing regional airports.

In addition to Bristol Port, Q8Aviation has set up import facilities at the ports of Le Havre, Rotterdam and Koper, in Slovenia. Q8Aviation is the largest importer of jet fuel into north-west Europe.

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