Essar signs deal to supply aviation fuel to Etihad Airways
Essar Oil (UK) Limited, which owns and operates the Stanlow Refinery at Ellesmere Port, has confirmed a new agreement with Etihad Airways for the direct supply of aviation fuel at Manchester Airport. Etihad Airways is the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and part of the Etihad Aviation Group (EAG). It operates two flights per day direct from Manchester Airport (MAN) to Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH). From its Abu Dhabi base, Etihad Airways flies to more than 110 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.
This deal strengthens Essar’s aviation proposition in the UK, with the company now having direct jet fuel supply agreements in place with major airlines operating out of Manchester, Heathrow and Leeds Bradford airports. S. Thangapandian, Chief Executive Officer at Essar Oil UK, commented: “This is another significant step in realising our objective of value chain integration by combining our refinery supply strength with our marketing capabilities in the aviation sector. This is aligned with our strategy of expanding the downstream presence of the business.”
S B Prasad, Chief Commercial Officer at Essar Oil UK, added: “This deal firmly demonstrates our commitment to achieve further growth in the aviation sector in support of our airline partners.”
This new agreement with Etihad Airways is the latest development in Essar Oil UK’s strategy of downstream integration, which has also seen a successful entry into the UK fuel retail market with the opening of 33 Essar branded service stations to date.
Looking forward, Essar has also committed to a significant multi-million dollar capital investment in major improvements to key units at Stanlow to deliver further reduction in crude oil costs and improved yields across the finished product range.