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This part describes bulk petroleum distribution systems and covers nine chapters. The bulk petroleum distribution system is the compilation of equipment needed to provide bulk fuel to using units anywhere in the theater. This system includes ocean tanker loading and unloading facilities, storage terminals, pump station, pipelines, tank vehicles, and tank cars. OPDS is the responsibility of the US Navy to provide bulk fuel to the high-water mark on shore where their system will interface with the Army’s/Marine Corps’s bulk petroleum distribution system. In bare based environments where bulk fuel facilities do not already exist, one of more TPTs will store and provide the required quantities of fuel. The IPDS is used to move bulk fuel as far forward in the theater as practical. The developed theater consists of existing bulk fuel facilities that may or may not have to be augmented to provide the required quantities of fuel. If the system has to augmented, the IPDS pipeline and TPT fuel units will be used. Currently, there are no welded steel pipelines or bolted steel tanks in the Army bulk petroleum distribution system. The IPDS and TPT are the only pipeline and terminal systems in the inventory. However, the Army may have to assist in operating and maintaining existing welded steel pipelines and hard-wall tanks of various sizes in some theater scenarios.

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