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Ribbon Cutting Held for NAS Whidbey Island's Consolidated Fuel Farm

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS090930-31
Release Date: 9/30/2009 11:08:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tucker M. Yates, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Detachment Northwest and Leslie Yuenger, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest Public Affairs

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (NNS) -- Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island and Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 21 to commemorate the opening of NAS Whidbey Island's consolidated fuel farm.

The new, above-ground facility will replace 16 underground storage tanks in two separate locations with three approximately 1.3 million gallon storage tanks for jet propellant (JP) 8 fuel and two approximately 40,000 gallon storage tanks for JP 5 fuel in a single location.

The guest speaker for the event was Rear Adm. James Symonds, commander, Navy Region Northwest.

"This is a great day at NAS Whidbey Island and a great day for NAS Whidbey Island; with one cut of the ribbon, we're going to become more efficient in our support of air operations," said Symonds. "We're becoming safer, and we're better protecting and preserving the environments where we conduct business."

The event coincided with NAS Whidbey Island's 67th birthday, which, according to Capt. Gerral David, NAS Whidbey Island commanding officer, was significant since the event signified a transition from the old way of doing business in the 1940s, when the fuel facilities were initially built, to the new way.

The contract for the $23.2 million project was awarded to Garco Construction June 2007 and was completed in August 2009, 139 days prior to the projected completion date.

"This was done as a design-build contract, which is not a new way of doing business out in the commercial industry, but it is an effort in a more efficient way of doing business for the government. In this case, we managed to save almost 10 percent of the original program amount of $26 million," said Capt. Pat Rios, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest commanding officer.

According to Rios, the project suffered zero loss-time due to injuries throughout construction, which lasted a total of 786 days.

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