In order to improve the fuelling of aircrafts on real-time basis, Conoil, a major petroleum products marketer, has placed orders for two new world-class, state-of-the-art bowsers to deepen its quality service delivery to leading domestic and international airlines operating in the nation’s airspace.
The company, in a recent statement, said the new bowsers have combined storage capacity of 62,000 litres and the ability to refuel aircraft at 1,500 litres per minute.
With this service, it said, airlines will be guaranteed better operations and flight takeoff time.
Conoil, which started business in Nigeria as Shell Company Nigeria in 1927, has more presence at all the major gateways and airports in the country, rendering plane-refueling services to major airlines.
The company, aptly known as fueller to the leading airlines of the world by its esteemed airline customers, has fuelling facilities at major airfields across the country including Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos; Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and Port Harcourt International Airport, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Others are Mallam Aminu Kano Airport; Kaduna Airport; Enugu International Airport; Sokoto Airport; Yola Airport and Calabar Airport.
Manufactured by Flightline UK, the bowsers have the latest technology certified by global aviation control bodies, the Joint Inspection Group (JIG) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
According to the manufacturers, the bowsers were built with robust safety and interlocking monitoring systems and international standard filters. They also have the unique feature of ticket printer that indicates the volume of fuel pumped into an aircraft, thereby further enhancing the transparency and reliability of its service delivery.
With the acquisition of the bowsers, the company claimed its Jet A1 fuelling capacity to local and international airlines has increased by 100 percent from 10 million litres to 20 million litres per month.
The substantial increase in Jet A1 sales, according to Conoil, is projected to boost the company’s bottom-line by over 25 per cent over the next one year while also increasing significantly its industry share in the aviation fuel segment.
“This investment is a major plus for the Nigerian aviation industry and the economy in general because it makes the industry more robust by ensuring that more international airlines pick Nigeria as their final destination of choice to refuel,” Conoil explained.

Maureen Nzeogu
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