Defense Fuel Supply Point (DFSP) Mesaieed, Qatar
The Defense Energy Support Center - Middle East (DESC-ME) office provides fuel support to U.S. and Coalition forces operating in the Central Command's area of responsibility, the "tip of the spear." Three years following the award of the contract to CALTEX to construct the 750,000-barrel fuel storage terminal, the new Defense Fuel Supply Point (DFSP) Mesaieed, Qatar, was officially commissioned on Aug. 5, 2003. This facility proved to be a tremendous increase to the Middle East Region's ability to sustain fuel support to the war fighter. The Contractor-Owned-Contractor-Operated facility is operated by QATEX, a partnership between Qatar Petroleum and CALTEX. The first load of Jet A-1 was delivered into the tanks on Aug. 9, 2003, via Military Sealift Command vessel, the Lawrence Gianella. All facility certification tests were completed shortly thereafter.
DESC-ME had the honors of representing the DESC Director at the history setting ribbon cutting ceremony. A preliminary ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Aug. 5, 2003, with CALTEX, Qatar Petroleum and DESC represented by Lt. Col. Scott Carlson and Donnie Robinson of the DESC-ME offices. The official inaugural ceremony took place on Sept. 23, 2003, at the DFSP. In attendance at the official opening were dignitaries from Qatar Petroleum, QATEX, Caltex, Qatar Fuels and Mesaieed Industrial City. Robinson and Feltner represented DESC and DESC-ME at the ceremony and presented a plaque to the general managers of Qatar Petroleum and CALTEX on behalf of DESC. The terminal began daily deliveries of JP8 to Al Udied Air Base on Nov. 5, 2003. Defense Fuel Supply Point Qatar ribbon cutting ceremony held on Aug. 5, 2003.
Mesaieed Industrial City is approximately 40 kms south of Doha, with an area around 43 km2. Mesaieed is the major industrial city in Qatar. It has a large seaport as well as the principal terminal for the export of oil and other hydrocarbon products. It contains a large Industrial Area that accommodates many world scale petrochemical and metallurgic plants and a well established and fully serviced port. The port handles a wide range of products from all industrial sectors-hydrocarbons, dry cargo, containers and general cargo.
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