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Shell begins refuelling operations at Seletar Airport

Fuel supplier Shell Aviation has started refuelling operations and fuel storage management at Seletar Airport after clinching a 10-year contract.

SINGAPORE: Fuel supplier Shell Aviation has started refuelling operations and fuel storage management at Seletar Airport after clinching a 10-year contract.

The company won the contract in December last year and began operations last month.

The value of the deal is undisclosed, but Shell said it has an option to extend the contract by five years upon expiry.

Shell already provides fuel to Changi Airport, Singapore's main civilian air hub.

Seletar Airport caters to the needs of chartered flights and private business jets.

The Shell-Seletar Airport partnership is expected to bring Singapore's status as a transportation nexus to greater heights.

It is also expected to boost Seletar's position as a hub for business aviation.

Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, said: "Seletar Airport plays an important role in Singapore's civil aviation system.

"It is a part of the world-class integrated aerospace park which spans 320 hectares of purpose-built land and infrastructure.

"Half the land, which is about 160 hectares, is used for airport operations. The airport currently serves an array of regional flights, mostly to Asia and Australia.

"These include international aircraft charters, private flights, medical evacuation."

Seletar Airport is being run by Changi Airport Group.

Early last year, it started a review of the aviation fuel operating model within the airport.

After evaluating proposals from several players, it eventually awarded the Seletar Airport Fuel Licence to Shell.

Shell says Singapore is an important regional centre for its Asia operations. Given the country's strategic position, Shell says Seletar Airport is poised to play a pivotal role in the development of the regional business aviation sector.

Shell will integrate refuelling services at Changi with those at Seletar Airport.

Xinsheng Zhang, vice-president of Shell Aviation, said: "From refining the jet fuel to storage and logistic management, all the way to the airport operations - all that integration adds value to Seletar Airport.

"In addition, our global network of expertise, from safety management, quality system and operational excellence - all these things are adding value to the location."

Changi Airport Group says Seletar's aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul activities will benefit from Shell's industry knowledge, as well as high safety and operational standards.

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