OR Tambo International Airport Fuel Pipeline Contaminated

Date: 17 November 2012

The pipeline that delivers fuel to OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, Johannesburg has been contaminated, rendering millions of litres of fuel unusable by aircraft. 


This loss in the fuel stockpile may cause difficulties for airlines needing to refuel at the airport, which is one of the busiest airports on the African continent. 


The contamination has been caused by a compromise in the pipeline between the airport and a refinery in the town of Sasolburg, in the Free State province of South Africa, due to a lower grade of fuel having entered the pipeline and combined with the higher grade fuel.


This pipeline usually delivers approximately 3 million litres of fuel per day to the airport for purposes of refueling aircraft.

Emergency measures are currently being put into place to avoid any disruptions for passengers, arising from the contamination. There have not been any disruptions thus far, as a result of the pipeline contamination.