Bahrain Aviation Fuelling Company
BAHRAIN AVIATION FUELLING COMPANY (BAFCO)
The aviation refueling service at Bahrain International Airport is provided by the Bahrain Aviation Fuelling Company (BAFCO) a joint partnership formed in 1985. The Oil and Gas Holding Company (OGHC) is its main shareholder with a 60 per cent stake, while Chevron has a 27 per cent share and BPME 13 per cent. BAFCO is responsible for all refuelling operations at Bahrain International Airport acting on behalf of its shareholders. However, OGHC, Chevron and BP each market and sell fuel to the individual airlines on their own behalf in separate sales operations.
BAFCO employs around 123 staff who work a three-shift system, catering for a 24-hour coverage. The company is particularly proud of the fact that despite the highly specialised nature of work involved, 99 per cent of its staff are Bahrainis.
The grade of aviation fuel supplied by BAFCO is more commonly known as Jet A-1. This is produced to international specifications by the Bahrain refinery, approximately 18 km from the airport. The fuel is then pumped from the Sitra tanks through a dedicated pipeline to reception tanks at BAFCO's tank farm at Arad.
In 1997 BAFCO was awarded the (ISO 9001) Quality Assurance Certificate by the British Standards Institute (BSI) and since then it has successfully continued to improve and is currently certified to the latest, 2008 edition.
From 1998, BAFCO has been recognized for its Operations Excellence with a total of 11 separate annual awards from Air BP or Chevron, with the most recent being presented in 2009.
In 2007, the company was awarded the G.C. Council of Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Award for localization and Bahrainisation of jobs.
Aviation is a major element of international transport, and safety is a prime concern. Aircraft fuelling is a vital link in the system and to uphold aviation safety standards it is essential that aviation fuel is subjected to stringent quality control procedures and that the maintenance of equipment meets the highest possible levels.
The training and development of personnel in the professional execution of their duties is the key to a safe and efficient service. All BAFCO staff are required to undergo regular refresher courses each year, regardless of their duties.