Shell Tanks, Avalon Airport

Design, fabrication and construction of two new Jet A1 tanks and piping works, located air-side of a live operating airport.

Location:Avalon Airport
Market(s): Fuels and Lubricants
Product(s):Bulk storage facility
Service(s): Bulk storage tanks
Client(s):Peninsula Construction Group
Start date:2010-07-01
Completion date:2011-03-01
Project status:Complete

Avalon Airport is Victoria’s second busiest airport. Located 45minutes from Melbourne CBD and 20minutes from Geelong, it is currently capable of handling 1.8million passenger movements per year.

In order to address the long-term expansion of the aviation sector, the growing demand for passenger travel and freight movement through Avalon Airport and the increasing demand for Jet A1 product, Brockman Engineering was engaged to help the airport increase storage capacity of Jet A1 fuel.

Our specialists undertook the design, fabrication and and construction two new Jet A1 fuel tanks (9m x 9m, constructed from welded plate steel) and all associated piping works.

Timing on the project was critical due to a rigid deadline of the highly visited and prestigious Australian International Airshow. Our team overcame the challenge of the tight timeframe through an innovative approach of fabricating tanks on temporary bases, before lifting them onto the final bases with a large crane.

Our approach enabled the civil schedule to continue in parallel with the tank construction, enabling a faster turnaround time and reduced costs for the client, with the finished facilities being able to be utilised earlier.

With robust quality and safety procedures in place, including traffic management plans and rigid safety background checks on all personnel, our team also overcame the significant challenge presented by the tanks being located air-side of a live operating airport.