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More aircraft could be filling up at the Ashburton Airport when the Ashburton District Council grants resource consent for RD Petroleum to install a refuelling depot there.
BP currently have underground tanks which supply one type of fuel, but the tanks have reached the end of their uesful life and the company wants to remove them, relinquish their lease and discontinue supplying fuel.
RD Petroleum have agreed to supply and install a 20,000-litre AV gas tank (current fuel) and a 20,000-litre Jet A1 tank.
The airport is owned by council, whose planning department will consider the resource consent application.
The company plans to lease land near an existing children’s playground at the airport, though rent will be minimal to recognise the cost of the installation.
Council commercial manager Colin Windleborn, in a report to the Ashburton Airport Authority subcommittee, said the installation of both fuels would mean an increase in refuelling activity at the airport. Existing users, plus helicopters and gas turbine aircraft, would be able to fill up due to the availability of both fuels.
Council would receive additional landing fees as a result; its only cost would be to install a small concrete apron in front of the refuelling depot for a hard stand for aircraft.
He said the proposed refuelling depot location was the best spot for users and for the tankers that would refill the above-ground storage tanks. The tanks will be bunded and protected.
Mr Windleborn said a new playground could be installed as the airport was further developed.