By Earl Bittner, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast Public Affairs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a $5.4 million contract April 17 to Industrial Power Systems, Inc., of Maumee, Ohio, to replace underground piping at the Navy Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) in Jacksonville, Florida.
"There is a need to replace an existing single wall underground transfer pipeline, built in 1952," said FLC Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Duke Heinz.
The work includes the construction of new above ground fuel piping, new pig launching and receiving stations ('pig' is an acronym for pipeline inspection gauges) and a new meter proving station with an option for the removal of the existing underground piping.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) requires that all underground fuel piping be brought aboveground or be placed into secondary containment by the year 2010.
"The FDEP approved allowing the piping for this location to remain in operation beyond 2010 provided this project was submitted," said Heinz.
New construction is the only feasible alternative to meet FDEP requirements to bring underground fuel piping above ground.
The Defense Fuel Supply Point (DFSP) Jacksonville is a primary storage point for JP-5 in the Southeast. Reliable piping transfer and environmentally-compliant pipelines is key. DFSP Jacksonville has been called upon to resupply locations including Patrick Air Force Base (AFB), MacDill AFB, DFSP Tampa, Homestead Air Reserve Base, Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West, and NAS Pensacola.
The project is expected to be complete by February 2016.