Tourism boost as Puma unveils P30m aviation oil facility

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MAUN: Oil company, Puma Energy, has doubled the capacity of its aviation fuel distribution facility at Maun International Airport in an effort to ensure sustainable supply for the up to 250 aircraft flights a day that pass through the country's gateway to the Okavango Delta.

In a move that is expected to jack up the tourism sector, Puma Energy, already a dominant player in the aviation fuel industry in Botswana, last week unveiled a P30 million fuel storage and distribution facility that can simultaneously fuel up to seven aircraft. Speaking at the launch of the new facility, General Manager Mahube Mpugwa, said that because the entire tourism chain relies on the efficiency of the transportation system, they have enhanced the capacity of their aviation fuel infrastructure to 206 cubic metres for jet fuel or 21-day stock cover and 171 cubic metres for Avgas stock or 29-day cover.

" Maun as the fifth largest town is well known as the tourism capital of Botswana and it is the headquarters of many tourist outfits and air charter operations for easy transportation to the Okavango Delta and surrounding areas of interest. Against this backdrop we are providing state of the art fuel facilities, an investment that will directly benefit our tourism industry as we endeavour to provide reliable safe and efficient products and services," he said.Jet fuel is used in turbine-engine jets while Avgas is the aviation fuel that powers the usually older and smaller piston-engine aircraft.

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