In a landmark event for Indian aviation, Shri Sukhmal Jain, Director (Marketing) of BPCL, inaugurated cutting-edge hydrant facilities at the newly established Manohar International Airport in North Goa. Key attendees included Shri Kanwarbir Singh Kalra (Deputy CEO, Manohar International Airport), Shri Srikanth Bhandarkar (Chief Commercial Officer, Manohar International Airport), Shri Kamlesh Poonia (CISF Commandant, Manohar International Airport), Shri A Haridas (Assistant Commissioner of Customs, Manohar International Airport), and senior BPCL leaders such as Shri Kani Amudhan, Executive Director (CPO), Shri Dinabandhu Mondal, Executive Director (Engineering & Projects), Shri Sanjeev Raina, Executive Director (HSSE), Shri Abbas Akhtar, Executive Director (PR & Brand), and Shri Sanjeev Kumar, Head of Aviation Business. This event marks a significant advancement in enhancing the region’s aviation infrastructure.

The introduction of the advanced hydrant system by BPCL is a strategic response to the increasing refueling needs of the new greenfield airport. Manohar International Airport is a vital addition to Goa’s aviation network, complementing the existing Naval airport in Dabolim, which has been limited by restricted operational hours for civilian aircraft. Since the commencement of operations at MOPA, the combined air traffic at both airports has surged.

Covering 6 acres, the hydrant fuel farm has a storage capacity of 8,270 KL. This modern engineering marvel features a complex network of underground pipelines that connect seamlessly to the airport’s 13 aircraft parking bays. The entire operation is managed through a fully automated console, ensuring efficient and safe fuel distribution.

Alongside the inauguration at MOPA, BPCL also virtually launched Aviation Fuelling Stations at nine other airports, increasing the total number of BPCL-operated facilities to an impressive 75 across the country.

This expansion aligns with the steady rise in India’s domestic air passenger traffic, emphasizing the need for enhanced aviation infrastructure. Recent data shows that India saw approximately 154 million domestic air passengers during the fiscal year 2023-24, reflecting a significant rebound in air travel.

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