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Aviation fuel quality standard revised and updated by EI and JIG

23-05-2019

The global aviation fuel quality standard that helps ensure the safety of passengers on more than 100,000 flights worldwide every day has been revised and updated by the Energy Institute (EI) in conjunction with the Joint Inspection Group (JIG).

‘Quality assurance requirements for the manufacture, storage and distribution of aviation fuels to airports’ – or EI/JIG 1530 – provides a standard to assist in the maintenance of aviation fuel quality, from its point of manufacture to delivery to airports. It includes mandatory requirements and good practice recommendations for the design/functional requirements of facilities, and operational procedures.

Originally developed and published in 2013, this new edition has been fully revised with input from over 100 aviation fuel quality specialists representing nearly 50 organisations. A line has been included in the margin of this publication alongside any text, tables or figures that have been amended from the first edition. Notably, the standard has been made less jet fuel-specific with the inclusion of aviation gasoline (avgas) when appropriate.

Produced by the EI Aviation Committee and the Joint Inspection Group (JIG), the second edition of EI/JIG 1530 is launched today the IATA Aviation Fuel Forum in Athens.

Speaking ahead of the launch, the EI’s Technical Director Martin Maeso MEI said:

“The efficient and safe supply of fuel has been instrumental in underpinning the development and growth of air travel. It is vital that stringent safety regimes are adhered to by industry during fuel handling.

“This revision of EI/JIG 1530 is stand out the most important piece of work undertaken by the Energy Institute in terms of its benefit to all air passengers.

“The unique value of the EI’s approach is that it brings industry stakeholders together in a spirit of collaboration. In doing so, it helps ensure the safety of passengers on more than 100,000 flights, globally, every day.”

Robert Midgley, Global Technical and Quality Manager, Aviation Fuels from Shell, one of the companies involved in the collaboration, said:

“Aviation fuel quality represents one of the few single point failure modes in aviation operations and so ensuring fuel meets the specification and is fit for purpose is critical to our need to maintain aviation’s enviable safety record.

“In a dynamic world which has seen a relentless progression of fuel supply diversity and complexity, the need to define appropriate industry standards for the manufacture and supply of aviation fuel has become increasingly necessary. EI/JIG 1530 sits at the cornerstone of aviation fuel risk management and the EI’s role in convening those with this shared interest cannot be overstated. With increasing adoption of this standard, we will all be safer for it.”

Notes for editors

(1) View the SafetyOn website here: https://safetyon.com/

(1) For more information contact Nick Turton at nturton@energyinst.org or 020 7467 7103.

(2) The ‘Quality assurance requirements for the manufacture, storage and distribution of aviation fuels to airports’ – also known as EI/JIG 1530 - has been produced as a result of work carried out by the EI Aviation Committee and the Joint Inspection Group (JIG), funded by the EI’s Technical Partners and other stakeholders. It is published today here: www.energyinst.org/1530

(3) The EI’s Technical Work Programme brings industry together in a spirit of collaboration, links industry and regulators in the development of good practice and provides operators with cost effective, value adding knowledge on current and future issues.

(4) Videos explaining the role of the EI in aviation fuel and providing guidance on safe handling are available here: https://publishing.energyinst.org/topics/aviation

(5) The Energy Institute (EI) is the chartered professional membership body bringing global energy expertise together.

We gather and share essential knowledge about energy, provide the skills that are helping us all use it more wisely, and develop the good practice needed to keep it safe and secure.

We articulate the voice of energy experts, taking the know-how of around 20,000 members and 250 companies from 120 countries to the heart of the public debate.

And we’re an independent, not-for-profit, safe space for evidence-based collaboration, an honest broker between industry, academia and policy makers.

(6) Joint Inspection Group (JIG) is a world-leading organisation for the development of aviation fuel supply standards covering the entire supply chain for aviation fuels from refinery to wing-tip.

The JIG Standards are followed by over 100-member organisations operating at more than 2500 airports and supply & distribution locations in over 100 countries globally.