In 2018, Currier & Co. (Currier) performed a due diligence evaluation, which outlined the ONTFUEL facility’s infrastructure needs to meet the short-term and long-term growing fuel demand. As a result of the evaluation, Currier determined that the existing airside refueler loading facility required new bulk storage tanks to provide on-airport storage to meet the peak holiday demand.
To meet this peak holiday demand in 2018, Currier & CurrierTK completed the temporary fuel storage design-build (DB) project in (4) weeks. After this temporary facility was decommissioned, the Currier DB team commenced a second DB project in late February 2019, which consisted of the design, permitting and construction of new permanent bulk fuel storage infrastructure within the existing and operational ONTFUEL airside refueler loading facility.
The ONTFUEL facility is the single sufficient source of Jet Fuel on the ONT airport, therefore, all aspects of the design and construction efforts were/are focused on phasing the construction and commissioning of the new infrastructure in a sequence that would continuously support the ongoing refueler loading operation via pipeline.
Throughout design and construction, Currier coordinated closely with Kinder Morgan (KMI) to coordinate the integration of the new control system into KMI’s existing pipeline pump control logic. As a result, Currier designed the new control system such that it can be constructed while leaving the existing control system in operation, with the capability of switching between the old and new control systems during commissioning and to provide redundancy.
Throughout construction, the Currier DB team (C&C and CURRIER TK) coordinated closely with the neighboring SWA/MTS hangar project to: maintain access through the nearby AOA security gate, accommodate changes imposed by this neighboring project, and the relocation of the AOA fence line. This nearby project went through many challenges that were mitigated by the Currier Team.
The new infrastructure in this project included: (6) double-walled UL2085 horizontal ASTs within a general spill containment area, sufficient for pipeline deliveries and: (1) contained transport unloading pad, (2) unloading pumps & filters, pipeline supply into the new tanks, (3) loading pumps and filters, rebuilding (3) refueler loading racks, surge controls, new electrical and MCC building, and a new control system. This project was completed on Nov 15, 2019, on schedule and on budget.