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Frequently Asked Questions


What is EI/JIG Standard 1530?


A publication of the Energy Institute (EI) and the Joint Inspection Group (JIG) which provides
minimum requirements/mandatory provisions and good practice recommendations in relation to
aviation fuel quality, in refineries and in storage, distribution and transport systems, including those
delivering to airports. It covers facilities/equipment as well as operational procedures.


Why has it been produced?


It has been produced at the request of key stakeholders within the international aviation community to
address the concern that there was not a single standard that parties could work to and reference for
the management of aviation fuel quality throughout the supply chain. The development of such a
standard was identified as a priority by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).


Where have all the requirements/recommendations come from?


EI/JIG Standard 1530 incorporates and updates the content of JIG 3 Aviation fuel quality control and
operating standards for supply and distribution facilities, Issue 11. To this has been added new
material derived from company proprietary policies, standards and procedures. The content is
founded on decades of proven operating experience.


Who was involved in preparing the content of EI/JIG Standard 1530?


Aviation fuel quality specialists from major aviation fuel suppliers worldwide, international testing
houses and a pipeline operator. Building consensus agreement to the content involved extensive
stakeholder engagement, with a draft version distributed to several hundred specialists for technical


Where does EI/JIG Standard 1530 apply?


EI/JIG Standard 1530 is intended to be used in every country worldwide. Its requirements and
recommendations for aviation fuel quality cover all aviation fuel refineries, and aviation fuel storage,
distribution and transport systems.


How does EI/JIG Standard 1530 align with other industry standards?


EI/JIG Standard 1530 is effectively Issue 12 of JIG 3. The implications of this for pre-airfield
distribution terminals that currently work to JIG 3 will be explained in a JIG Bulletin which will be
published shortly via The content of EI/JIG Standard 1530 is aligned with API
Recommended Practice 1595 Design, construction, operation, maintenance and inspection of
aviation pre-airfield storage terminals and API Recommended Practice 1543 Documentation,
monitoring and laboratory testing of aviation fuel during shipment from refinery to airport.


Do my operations/facilities need to conform to the requirements of EI/JIG Standard 1530?


The expectation of ICAO and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), as well as the major
fuel suppliers who have been involved in drafting EI/JIG Standard 1530, is that yes they do. Many of
the requirements of EI/JIG Standard 1530 are necessary for conformance with the international jet
fuel specifications. In time it is likely that conformance with EI/JIG Standard 1530 will be requested by
contract between parties handling aviation fuel.


Does this mean conforming to every shall statement in EI/JIG Standard 1530?


Yes and no. EI/JIG Standard 1530 has a broad scope, and it is only those requirements/ mandatory
provisions (denoted by the use of the word shall) that are specific to your operation/facility that
apply. EI/JIG Standard 1530 also recognises the concept of Alternative Means of Conformance
whereby alternative combinations of facilities/equipment and procedures may be acceptable for an
interim period, as long as the requirements of EI/JIG Standard 1530 Annex M are met.


How long do I have to implement any required changes to facilities/operations?


It is the expectation that the majority of fuel handling systems worldwide will already conform to the
requirements of EI/JIG Standard 1530. Assessment to confirm this should be undertaken without
delay. The implementation of any changes to facilities/operations should be prioritised based on risk

Q10: Who will be assessing whether my facilities/operations conform to EI/JIG Standard 1530?

This is likely to vary. In the first instance it is the expectation that it will be the facility/operations
manager(s) via self-assessment.

Q11: What can I do if I disagree with the requirements of EI/JIG Standard 1530?

None of the requirements have been included lightly, and are based on significant operating
experience, but feedback is welcome. Please bring it to the attention of EI/JIG by email
( and include technical reasoning/justification for proposed changes.

The Energy Institute (EI) is the leading chartered professional membership body for the energy industry,
supporting over 16,000 individuals working in or studying energy and 250 energy companies worldwide.
Each year the EI undertakes a focused technical work programme that comprises original independent
research and investigations, technical responses to legislation and regulation, workshops and seminars to
provide the international energy industry with information and guidance on relevant technical issues. This
work is defined by the EIs Scientific and Technical Committee and is supported by the EIs Technical
Partners. The results of this work are made available through technical publications and events for the
purpose of disseminating guidance and good industry practice as widely as possible. For more information,
please visit
For over 50 years the EI has provided publications for use by the international aviation fuel handling
industry, and maintains a portfolio of 26 titles intended to assist in the maintenance of aviation fuel quality
and cleanliness, and the safety and efficiency of fuel handling operations. For further information on the EIs
aviation fuel handling portfolio, please contact Martin Hunnybun, e:

The Joint Inspection Group (JIG) is a not for profit company with over 60 members worldwide
representing all aspects of aviation fuel handling, from refineries to aircraft fuel delivery, including pipeline
agencies and storage companies. JIG has a number of fuel handling Standards (JIG 1, JIG 2 and JIG 4),
that are endorsed by IATA and referenced in ICAO manuals
The vision of JIG is to be the leading internationally recognised forum where experts in all aspects of the
aviation fuel supply industry can come together to establish and enhance standards for the safe handling
and quality control of aviation fuels globally, and that those standards are recognised and endorsed by all
parties with a stake in the industry.
For further information on JIG, please contact Tony Conway, e:, Tony Rowe, e:, or visit

EI Aviation Fuel Handling Titles

EI 1540 Design, construction, operation and maintenance of aviation fuelling facilities, 4th edition
EI 1541 Performance requirements for protective coating systems used in aviation fuel storage tanks and
piping, 1st edition
EI 1542 Identification markings for dedicated aviation fuel manufacturing and distribution facilities, airport
storage and mobile fuelling equipment, 8th edition
EI 1560 Recommended practice for the operation, inspection, maintenance and commissioning of aviation
fuel hydrant systems and hydrant system extensions, 1st edition
EI 1585 Guidance in the cleaning of aviation fuel hydrant systems at airports, 3rd edition
EI 1594 Initial pressure strength testing of airport fuel hydrant systems with water, 2nd edition
EI 1597 Procedures for overwing fuelling to ensure delivery of the correct fuel grade to an aircraft, 1st
EI HM 20 Meter proving: Aviation fuelling positive displacement meters, 2nd edition
EI Multi-product pipelines: Minimum criteria to determine additive acceptability, 2nd edition
EI Research Report: Review of methods of bonding a hydrant dispenser (servicer) to an aircraft for refuelling
EI Research Report: A qualitative review of electrostatic risks in jet fuel handling and distribution

Equipment (excluding filtration)

EI 1529 Aviation fuelling hose and hose assemblies, 6th edition
EI 1570 Handbook on electronic sensors for the detection of particulate matter and/or free water during
aircraft refuelling, 1st edition
EI 1584 Four-inch hydrant system components and arrangements (hydrant pit valves and intake
couplers), 3rd edition
EI 1598 Design, functional requirements and laboratory testing protocols for electronic sensors to monitor
free water and/or particulate matter in aviation fuel, 2nd edition

Filtration equipment
EI 1550 Handbook on equipment used for the maintenance and delivery of clean aviation fuel, 1st edition
EI 1581 Specification and qualification procedures for aviation jet fuel filter/separators, 5th edition
EI 1582 Specification for similarity for EI 1581 aviation jet fuel filter/separators, 2nd edition
EI 1583 Laboratory tests and minimum performance levels for aviation fuel filter monitors, 6th edition
EI 1590 Specifications and qualification procedures for aviation fuel microfilters, 2nd edition
EI 1596 Design and construction of aviation fuel filter vessels, 2nd edition
EI 1599 Laboratory tests and minimum performance levels for aviation fuel dirt defence filters, 1st edition
EI Research Report: Electrostatic discharges in 2-inch fuel filter monitors
EI Research Report: Investigation into the effects of lubricity additives on the performance of filter/water separators
EI Research Report: Electrostatic discharges in 2-inch aviation fuel filter monitors Phase 2: Properties
needed to control discharges
For the full range of EI technical publications, please visit: