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Apr 16, 2014

How to fuel a Badgerys Creek airport — keep on truckin’

A new airport at Badgery's Creek will need jet fuel, and lots of it. Getting it there will be an infrastructure and transport challenge, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

What do planes need to fly — apart from wings and runways to take off and land? Fuel, and lots of it. It’s all well and good talking about road and rail infrastructure to Badgerys Creek, the subject of a song and dance announcement this morning in Sydney (where everyone only wanted to talk about Barry O’Farrell), but fuel supplies for the new airport haven’t been mentioned.

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  1. Vincent O'Donnell

    Eh. Caltex’s Banksmeadow terminal is actually on the northern side of Botany Bay, across from the Kurnell refinery and adjacent to KSA.

  2. Vincent O'Donnell

    In fact, delivery of fuel to Badgery’s Creek would add to the argument for a railway line to the new airport as the Caltex Banksmeadow site, right by Patrick Stevadores, is served by a freight railway line.

  3. klewso

    “Buggery’s Creek”?

  4. Michael James

    They would ship jet fuel to Newcastle by coastal tanker, far more practical; one shipload would be equal to hundreds of B Double semi-trailer loads of fuel making their way up and down the expressway between Sydney and Newcastle.

    As for Badgery’s Creek, isn’t there already a pipeline that services RAAF Richmond airbase that could be tapped for a spur off to Badgery’s?

  5. Mardon Chris

    This article raises the important question of how fuel will be supplied to the new airport, but given the rising costs of fuel and the probability that adequate supplies of jet fuel might not be available in a few years time, why is everyone assuming that the airlines will continue to expand?

    According to Matt Mushalik, Qantas fuel costs have increased more than three times the available seat kms over the past 15 years:

    http://splashurl.com/kk88w8s

    Fuel now accounts for about one third of their costs, and this is likely to increase further. If it does, then any expansion of the airlines will be completely academic, and a second airport will no longer be needed.

    In a more recent article, the possible end of the airlines is predicted:

    http://splashurl.com/m5lmvbc

    There is more to the fate of the airlines than fuel costs, but it is clearly an important factor.

  6. Gavin Moodie

    I agree with Vincent O’Donnell; this seems another good argument to ensure that Badgerys Creek is built with a rail service, which in any case is much cheaper (Sydney) and more effective (Brisbane) than adding one later.

  7. Glen McCabe

    As Vincent says, this only strengthens the argument for rail access to the new airport.

    A truly far-sighted development would include two tracks for passenger service and another one or two dedicated to freight. Could this actually happen in Sydney?

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