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KAFZA fuel terminal

Basrah, Iraq

The Khor Al-Zubair Free Zone fuel terminal is SKA Energy’s state-of-the-art commercial facility built in 2013 in Basrah, Iraq using the most advanced industry technologies. This ultra-modern 50,000 m3 fuel storage and distribution hub is by far the largest in the country and is able to provide an uninterrupted 24/7 supply of fuel. It made history on 3rd September 2013 as the first commercial company to legally import petroleum products into Iraq.

Building the foundation

The storage facility consists of 10 x 5,000 metric tonne tanks constructed out of mild steel in accordance with the American Petroleum Institute standards and fitted with Endress + Hauser Radar Gauging systems with ‘Hi-Hi’ and ‘Low-Low’ safety sensors. Tank information is conveyed by pressure transmitters and thermo-probes via specialist software which is monitored by fuel system control experts.

Steel reinforcement cages
Construction of the walls
Pipe connection
Loading gantry foundation
Loading gantry completed

The distribution facility consists of a fuelling gantry with 9 top-loading bays capable of loading 9 trucks at the same time. Each bay has folding stairways, safety harnesses, digital flow meters and ‘Toptech’ SMP units which support the terminal with integrated controls for automated deliveries.

With safety a top priority, the facility is installed with a foam and water firefighting system, designed to meet NFPA standards and a variety of safety and environmental protection features.

Completed 10-tank fuel farm