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JOURNAL: Volume 13, No. 2, 2023, p. 271-279

HEADING: Regional problems

AUTHORS: Gorbunov, V.P., Struchkova, A..

ORGANIZATIONS: . . Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University, JSC Yakutia Airlines

DOI: 10.25283/2223-4594-2023-2-271-279

UDC: 656.02

The article was received on: 07.11.2022

Keywords: Far North, Arctic zone, aviation fuel transportation method, electrical properties and conductivity, fuel transshipment, tank containers, multimodality, reliability and quality

Bibliographic description: Gorbunov, V.P., Struchkova, A.. Problem-solving technique for transporting aviation fuel to remote airfields in the Arctic regions of Yakutia and Far North. Arktika: ekologiya i ekonomika. [Arctic: Ecology and Economy], 2023, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 271-279. DOI: 10.25283/2223-4594-2023-2-271-279. (In Russian).


The main purpose of the publication is to study a technologically new and logistically optimal method for transporting aviation fuel to airports in the Far North and the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation, ensuring the preservation of quality characteristics during its delivery. Along with the search for solutions to the problem of the final cost, the authors reveal that, in addition to the aging infrastructure of fuel filling complexes and delivery vehicles at many airports, the most critical for maintaining the quality of the supplied fuel is its multi-stage transportation from refineries to destination airports in the Arctic zone with the inevitable multiple changes of modes of transport, rail, river and automobile. At the same time, multiple transshipment of fuel with its transfer from one container to another leads to a loss of the quality indicators of aviation kerosene, namely, it worsens the electrical properties — the electrical conductivity parameter. The paper touches on an example of solving the final cost of fuel by using the correlation-regression analysis. An analysis of the obtained values allowed the authors to conclude that, on average, the most influential factor is the cost of fuel transportation. As an alternative solution to optimize supply logistics of aviation fuel to remote airports of the Far North and the Arctic zone, the authors propose a method of transportation using tank containers. The use of tank containers reduces the number of fuel transshipments from 8-9 to 3-4, which halves the probability of fuel quality loss, while maintaining its electrical conductivity parameter within acceptable values. The authors demonstrate the technological advantages of the proposed method, such as multimodality, when one tank container can be used by different modes of transport (auto, railway, water transport), efficiency as tank containers can be reused many times, due to the cost-effectiveness and ease of use. Made of stainless steel, the containers can be equipped with a steam heating system and a layer of thermal insulation, ensuring reliability and quality when used in low temperatures of the Far North and the Arctic.

Finance info: We express our gratitude to the employees of Yakutia Airlines JSC, namely the Fleet Management Department and the Fuel Supply Department for the method development, providing information and graphic materials.

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