Contaminated fuel supplies shipped into Johannesburg put the airport into a serious fuel crisis that threatened to shut down, or at the very least severely limit, the airport's ability to accommodate travelers. The crisis was resolved by instituting emergency measures that cut services, and this temporary measure was enough to avert a full disaster.
Last Friday, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) was informed by the fuel consortium, led by Air BP that the supplies the airport had received from the National Petroleum Refiners of South Africa (Natref) refinery were contaminated and unfit for use by aircraft. The airport normally receives around three million litres of fuel a day through the dedicated pipeline from Natref.
Air BP spokesperson Glenda Zvenyika said to SM: “The situation is now well under control thanks to the cooperation of a number of stakeholders.
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