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Emergency Pipeline Repairs DFSP Hachinohe to Misawa Air Base

Gilbane provides rapid response for emergency pipeline repairs after tsunami strikes Japan.

Project Summary

The March 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Northern Japan severely damaged the Hachinohe fuel terminal, including 12km of pipeline stretching from Hachinohe to Misawa Air Base (AB). This prevented emergency interim pipeline fuel transfer capability to Misawa AB, in turn, hampering support of ongoing military and emergency relief operations by the Base—fuel is offloaded into Hachinohe terminal and piped to Misawa where the earthquake recovery effort was centered.

Gilbane was tasked with performing emergency fuel line inspection and repair to re-establish the twin pipelines for carrying fuel on an emergency basis, as well as with preventing personnel and environmental safety issues. Completing specific emergency tasks on a tight schedule began with a thorough, on-site assessment of the Hachinohe fuel terminal tanks and the pipeline between Hachinohe fuel terminal and Misawa AB with the joint emergency response team.

Within 30 days, Gilbane had driven pilings into the sandy soil to re-establish support, the pipelines were repaired, and fuel was flowing for disaster relief efforts on time. As part of the project, Gilbane also was responsible for pressure testing the entire pipeline system to ensure that it was working properly.

Client Value

Throughout the project, Gilbane worked as an integrated team with Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) to ensure all assigned tasks were completed to satisfaction.