State-run oil marketing company (OMC) BPCL laid 33 km underground pipeline from its Kochi refinery to the local airport to ensure smooth supply of aviation turbine fuel (ATF) at an investment of Rs 41 crore.
Earlier, aircrafts in the airport used to get jet fuel from the refinery by tanker trucks. The company set up the pipeline considering that transport of ATF by pipeline is safer than tanker lorry delivery.
With this dedicated facility, aviation fuel will be transported through underground pipeline to the international airport apron. It is also environment-friendly and cost efficient in the long run, the company feels.