Examining Fuel Recovery Units

The case for recapturing fuel samples


FRUs come in many different sizes ranging from small 15-gallon economy units to larger 200-gallon units; however, most manufacturers will custom build any size unit. A typical cost for an all stainless steel model like the one pictured with the filter and meter can cost $4,400 to $16,000 for the larger 200-gallon stainless steel unit with electric pump, motor, heater, sight tube, and defuel option. Installation costs can only be determined after review of the fuel facility by a competent aviation fuel mechanical contractor. In most cases, this can be done via email and digital pictures.

Depending on how simple or complex the fuel facility, installation time can range from one day per unit to several weeks for more complex systems with multiple tanks.

The typical payout averages from six months to a year. Whether the economy is a bull or a bear, this type of equipment gives FBOs a new knob they can twist to add dollars to the bottom line.

About the Author

Bob Thompson is president of TWS Aviation Fuel Systems, LLC, a specialty mechanical contractor and consulting firm serving the commercial and general aviation industry. He has been involved in the midstream and downstream petroleum business since 1979, from natural gas processing plants, natural gas distribution pipelines, major oil company storage terminals, and regional to international airport storage terminals.
Reach him at (303) 768-8540 or bob@twsaviation.com.

 

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