Dunboyne, Co Meath, Ireland, Wednesday, 14th August 2019: Leading SCADA network and mobile telecommunications supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced the introduction of an airside emergency fuel shut down system for Dublin Airport.
The system, which allows staff to immediately cut jet fuel supply to the underground fuel hydrant following the accidental release of fuel at aircraft stands, significantly boosts airside safety for staff and the 30 million passengers that pass through the airport annually.
Based on Motorola wireless radio technology, the emergency stop system consists of eight emergency shut down enclosures located at fixed points in Pier Four, where the airport’s new underground fuel farm is now live. A fleet of 16 mobile fuel support vehicles have also been fitted with emergency stop buttons.
“We were under huge time pressure to get this emergency system in place,” said Rioch Farrelly, operations and quality engineer with CLH Aviation Ireland.
“The system had to be fully operational before the underground hydrant went live. The team at EMR were extremely knowledgeable and they brought that expertise to bear in the design, planning and deployment of a quality system, which was completed within a matter of weeks,” he said.
Each enclosure consists of an emergency button connected to a Motorola radio, which when triggered sends a telemetry signal back to SCADA system located in the CLH operations centre. This immediately shuts off the fuelling valves and halts the flow of jet fuel. The system provides remote, real-time status reports on the emergency enclosures, negating the need for manual checks by airside staff.
The enclosure also includes a front-mounted security camera to capture the image of the activator.* It records 10 seconds before and after the activation and an integrated USB port allows aviation staff or airport police to download the images as required.
Back at CLH operations, staff have a granular view of the power status at each enclosure and this is visually represented on screen via their SCADA system. They know the exact location of each enclosure and this saves time when re-setting or troubleshooting the emergency system.
Thanks to a SCADA controller, also deployed by the EMR team, CLH can carry out scheduled testing of the enclosures and hydrant support vehicles, without interfering with the live system or aircraft flight schedules. It is a critical component of health and safety operating procedure, strictly enforced by the airport operator, Dublin Airport Authority.
Under a 20-year contract, CLH Aviation has plans to build an underground fuel hydrant pipeline to serve Piers One, Three and Four. With the recent completion of the pipeline at Pier Four, aircraft can be fuelled airside, accelerating turn-around times and protecting tight operational margins for some of the major airlines based there.
EMR has just been appointed a Platinum Partner for Motorola in Ireland. This is the highest possible accreditation in the Motorola partner program and recognises the company’s expertise and success in bringing innovative mobile communications solutions to the island of Ireland.
Pic l-r: Rioch Farrelly, Operations and Quality Engineer, CLH Aviation Ireland, Mark Quinn, Managing Director, EMR and Dean Reardon, Account Manager, EMR