Shell began supplying fuel to Dubai in the late 1960s and quickly recognised its potential, relocating its Middle East regional headquarters to the emirate in 1971. In 1985, Shell built a pipeline to transport aviation fuel to DXB, replacing transportation by road.

Today, Shell Aviation provides aviation fuels, lubricants and services at both DXB and Dubai’s newest airport, Dubai World Central (DWC), refuelling more than 2,600 aircraft a month.

“The tremendous growth of DXB is such a great story of success, and we are proud to have been a part of this journey. We would like to thank Dubai Airports and all our partners for this long-term collaboration,” said Richard Pereira, Shell Aviation’s General Manager for Asia and the Middle East (incoming). “We are committed to continually supporting the progress of Dubai’s aviation industry, creating outstanding value for our customers and growing our cooperation.”

Pereira was speaking during the Global Airport Leaders Forum, which was held as part of the Airport Show at the Dubai International Conference and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) between 15-17 May 2017.

The Global Airport Leaders Forum covers global strategic challenges and opportunities facing airport operators, regulators and airport industry suppliers. It is convened under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airlines.

To mark the 50-year anniversary, Pereira presented Paul Griffiths, chief executive officer of Dubai Airports, with a commemorative plaque.

“Shell Aviation has been a long-trusted partner of Dubai Airports. We share an uncompromising commitment to safety, customer focus and a passion for the work we do,” Griffiths said, “We look forward to many more years of continued and valued collaboration.” 

To support Dubai’s transformation into one of the world’s most important aviation hubs, Shell has built up a local team of aviation experts and invested in pipelines and storage capacity expansion. Shell extended operations to Dubai World Central (DWC) when that airport opened in 2010.

Airlines and other operators can also access Shell Aviation’s high quality AeroShell lubricants portfolio through Shell’s distributor network.

In 2016, Shell Aviation reached the 12 year anniversary of the implementation of its Goal Zero safety standard at DXB. Goal Zero is a company-wide initiative targeting no harm to people and no leaks.

Shell also supplied its bitumen products to pave two runways at DXB in 2014. With Dubai airports surpassing 70 million airline passengers during that year, the project was a major logistics challenge.

Notes to Editors:

About Shell Aviation

  • Shell Aviation is a leading global supplier of aviation fuels and lubricants with a heritage of over 100 years. We supply fuel at around 900 airports in approximately 36 countries, including eight of the world’s top 10 busiest airports by international passenger traffic.
  • Our customers are airports and airlines, big and small, and private customers such as corporate jet operators and flying clubs. We are active across the full value chain. We produce fuels and lubricants (in a range of grades); market, sell and distribute them; and offer further services that help our customers operate as efficiently as possible.
  • Shell Aviation has a dedicated team of aviation scientists at a specialist aviation research facility within Shell Technology Centre Houston in Texas, USA. They can work closely with and draw on the expertise of other Shell scientists around the world that develop fuels and lubricants for other sectors.
  • Shell Aviation has an end-to-end fuels quality assurance system, which includes fuel sampling and laboratory analysis at key stages of the supply chain, from the refinery to the aircraft. It conducts more than 400 safety audits every year at airport facilities across the world, as well as refresher training for operations staff once every three years, ensuring that aircraft receive fuel safely and efficiently.
  • Across Royal Dutch Shell we have a ‘Goal Zero’ policy, which means ‘No harm to people and no leaks to the environment’. This objective underlies the strong safety culture established within our business. All our site operators are required to complete health, safety, security and environment (HSSE) and operational training modules appropriate to their roles and these modules are refreshed every three years. Consistently high HSSE performance is rewarded through an incentivised scheme and strengthened by audits and training. Additionally, our airport operations teams (office and airport staff) across the globe are supported and encouraged to intervene if they see an unsafe situation or unsafe act and to formally report these without fear of consequences.

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