Essar Oil which owns and operates the Stanlow refinery in Ellesmere Port has signed an agreement with Liverpool John Lennon Airport for the direct supply of aviation fuel to commercial airlines.
The new access agreement will allow Essar to supply fuel directly to airlines at the wingtip and marks another step in Essar’s growing aviation fuels business, as air travel continues to recover from the effects of the pandemic.
The deal brings Essar’s total number of access agreements to six airports across the UK, which includes Manchester, Birmingham, and London Stansted, and adds to Essar’s growing portfolio of commercial carrier clients, with discussions with other potential partners already underway as part of Essar’s ambition for further growth.
Essar, which supplies 16% of the UK’s road transport fuels, is one of the largest producers of jet fuel in the UK and plays a vital role in the North West’s aviation industry, whilst Liverpool John Lennon Airport is one of the longest established operational airports in the UK, transporting over 5 million passengers each year.
The agreement will shore up the airport’s domestic fuel supply, reducing reliance on global supply chains and imports, benefitting from Essar’s continued strategy to bolster energy security in the UK.
The deal follows the news that Essar’s domestic sales volumes have risen to a new high since Covid restrictions were lifted, as announced in their quarterly operations and trading update earlier this month.
Adam Brayne, head of aviation & business development at Essar Oil (UK), commented: “Essar’s Stanlow refinery has manufactured Aviation fuels which have been supplied to Liverpool Airport since the 1930s. It, therefore, seems only fitting that, after close to a century of collaboration and shared history, Essar and Liverpool John Lennon Airport should further strengthen such a key North West regional partnership.”
John Irving, CEO of Liverpool John Lennon Airport, commented: “The airport has a long-standing relationship with the Stanlow refinery which has been further strengthened with Essar joining us in our open access fuel operations.”
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