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Narita fuel pipeline expected to go back online Thursday night at the earliest

JIJI

A pipeline that sends aviation fuel to Narita International Airport is expected to go back online Thursday night at the earliest, after its operations were suspended due to a power outage caused by a strong typhoon, officials said.

Fuel transportation through the 47-kilometer pipeline was halted as four of its 30 emergency cutoff valves stopped functioning because of the power failure, according to the Narita International Airport Corp. officials.

The pipeline runs from a port in the city of Chiba to the airport. Typhoon Faxai, the 15th typhoon of this year, struck the prefecture early Monday.

Electric power has now been restarted for one of the four affected valves, while power generators have been set up for the other three, according to the officials.

Fuel transportation will be resumed if the three valves are found to work normally during testing, they said.

Aviation fuel stockpiles at the airport are expected to drop below six days’ worth on Thursday afternoon, the officials said.