FILTRATION & QUALITY
CONTROL OF JET A1
It is of paramount importance that the filtration and the handling
of the JET A1 is performed to International Standards. The Company
adopts the following filtration procedures to move bulk fuel from
Eldoret through to the aircraft at the various airport depots in
JET A1 is passed through a filter and water separators
at the Kenya Pipeline installation in Eldoret into the road tankers.(primary
JET A1 is re-filtered as it is transferred from Civicon’s
primary movers into the off-road tankers.
JET A1 is re-filtered for
the third time as the transfer of JET A1 from the off-road tankers into
the tanks at destination is performed.
The JET A1 is filtered and dewatered
for the fourth time when it is loaded into the aircraft.
Each tank in
which the fuel is transported or stored will be totally dedicated to
JET A1 and is either epoxy lined, stainless steel or nitrile fuel resistance
Filter water separators in each case are fitted with 5 micron
rated filter cartridges, differential pressure gauge, water level indicator,
manual drain valve and an automatic air eliminator.
All JET A1 is allowed
to settle for a minimum of 24 hours prior to being batched and re-certified
supplies of spare replaceable filter cartridges are always maintained
at the depots.
The quality of bulk jet fuel is based on the principle
of batch integrity. A batch is a specified quantity of fuel in a specified
tank container and is identified by a batch reference, which is shown
in the reports or other documentation.
If a batch is transferred
or blended or combined with any other quality of fuel, it becomes
a new batch and may have to be recertified. The SGS laboratory in
Rumbek will ensure that the full history of any combined fuels is
known and that both recertification as well as a combined quality
report will be issued before any commingled fuel is released.
of Compliance for each new batch is issued by SGS prior to refueling.
Samples of each and every batch are retained at the SGS laboratory
for 1 month from the date of re-fuelling.
The above procedures clearly
demonstrate to the pilots that the bulk fuel provided is safe and that
every measure has been taken to ensure product integrity throughout
the supply chain.