Aircraft Fueling System - Brussels

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Client: Brussels National Airport

Burns & McDonnell provided multidisciplinary engineering services for a new aircraft fueling system for Brussels National Airport. The project was part of a major airport expansion in the wake of European Community air travel deregulation.

The fuel receiving, storage and distribution facility has six aboveground tanks with an initial total capacity of 7.5 million gallons, expandable to almost 20 million gallons. The computer-controlled pumping and filtration equipment has an initial 12,000 gallons per minute capability, expandable to 24,000 gallons per minute. Burns & McDonnell also designed and constructed a central tender/hydrant cart operations area and an administration/maintenance facility.

This system receives fuel from the NATO pipeline and distributes it to 105 aircraft positions, replacing multiple oil company facilities and into-plane tender fueling operations with a single, cost-efficient fuel storage facility and hydrant system operated by a consortium.

Since completion of the initial construction, Burns & McDonnell has provided design and construction support services for several modifications and expansions, including:

  • Extension of the hydrant system to serve nine aircraft gates at the existing satellite A concourse
  • Addition of two operating storage tanks in the tank farm
  • Extension of the hydrant system to serve 31 aircraft gates for the new Concourse A
  • Extension of the hydrant system to serve 14 aircraft positions at a new remote west aircraft parking ramp