NATO summit – Gulf Aviation keeps emergency aircraft airborne

Gulf Aviation came to Cardiff Heliport’s rescue by providing urgent fuel supplies to keep emergency aircraft airborne at the NATO summit.

In September the NATO global gathering of world leaders brought stringent security measures to Cardiff, including five police helicopters which needed to be refuelled constantly, as well as an air ambulance and a military chopper.

The heliport, which usually goes through an average of 10,000 litres of aviation fuel a month, needed an urgent resupply after more than 30,000 litres were drained from its stockpile in just three days. Gulf Aviation, a division of Certas Energy, came to the heliport’s aid by securing an urgent delivery of fuel from Grangemouth to the Welsh capital.

Paul Stanfield, head of operations at Cardiff Heliport, said: “I have never seen the heliport so busy. We have a capacity to hold 40,000 litres of fuel, but at the rate our fuel supply was being depleted, we wouldn’t have had enough fuel for the police helicopters to deal with anything unplanned. Gulf went above and beyond to supply the emergency transportation of fuel, which thankfully arrived less than 24 hours after I called them.”

David Dykes, the supply, logistics and commercial manager at Gulf Aviation, said: “We were happy to be able to support Cardiff Heliport with the emergency fuel they needed in order to see the NATO summit through. Making sure we give a personal and customer focused service is an integral part of our offering.”

See the December issue of Fuel Oil News for an interview with Gulf Aviation.