Energy firm eyes strong growth in Tanzania’s aviation market.

16Apr 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Energy firm eyes strong growth in Tanzania’s aviation market.

IN a sign that Tanzania’s aviation reforms continue to catch the attention of investors, Puma Energy Tanzania has set its sights on further growth in order to tap into the opportunities brought by the growing aviation sector.

Puma Energy Tanzania aviation operations manager, Raymond Tungaraza

The company’s aviation operations manager, Raymond Tungaraza said the company has been devising plans and strategies to attain more success in the aviation business, noting the growing airlines in the domestic and global market guarantee more business avenues for the company.

“The fifth phase government has expressed its intention to ensure growth of the civil aviation industry in Tanzania. That is why we are witnessing the revival of the services of Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) which also presents an opportunity for us as Puma Energy to extend our business,’’ he said.

While speaking on the sidelines of the AFRAA seventh aviation stakeholders’ convention, which was held in Zanzibar recently, Tungaraza said Puma Energy had recently completed the extension of an existing hydrant jet fuel hydrant system at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) to enable the company meet demand for Aviation fuel supply that is expected to grow once the expansion of JNIA’s terminal 3 is complete and put in use.

“Our own Puma construction team was responsible for the design, installation and commissioning of all essential works on the hydrant project, and as result we will now fuel customers even faster and more efficiently at the airport,’’ said Tungaraza.

The government is in the process of expanding the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) to accommodate more planes and passengers through construction of terminal 3, which will facilitate 6 million annual passengers, including parking lots, access roads platforms and taxiway. Currently, the airport serves more than 20 international carriers and 16 local operators.

According to him, the firm has a simple goal in the Aviation sector – to deliver fuel at a competitive price to airlines and aircraft owners and operators, while at the same time meeting all international safety and quality standards.

“When it comes to aviation fuel supply, we make it easy for our customers by handling everything – from importation, handling and storage, bridging and transportation, to into-plane operations at Puma Energy owned airport fuelling depots using our own well trained people. We have built an excellent reputation in the sector, based on our timely delivery efficiency, strong safety track record, high-quality fuel and competitively priced products,’’ he said.