An aviation fuel depot in Port Harcourt has been opened by the Nigeria Air Force on Wednesday.
Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, the Chief of the Air Staff, inaugurated the Bulk Fuel Installation (BFL) at the Air Force 115 Special Operations Group in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
The General Managing Director, Nigerian Air Force Holding Company, AVM Abubakar Bagare, represented Abubakar during the occasion.
Abubakar said the facility was built by the Nigerian Air Force Investment Limited (NAFIL) and Skymaster Achievers Limited to meet the fuel needs of the air force and civilian aircrafts.
He further disclosed that the 340,000 litres capacity facility was established to supply aviation fuel to military aircrafts and other aviators.
“The BFL will also accommodate the fuel requirements of the special mission aircrafts that would be deployed for the management and monitoring of Nigeria’s exclusive economic zone,” he said.
Abubakar said the facility was part of the recent plans to transform the air force to a powerful fighting force.
The Managing Director of NAFIL, Air Commodore Uche Nwagwu, said the facility was also equipped with a laboratory to ensure that aviation fuel meets the requirements of the aviators. “So, basically, we will serve aviation operators, whose activities are around Port Harcourt military aerodrome as well as the air force in support of their numerous operations,” he added