The group, which provides supply chain services for the US government, will build and operate a 500,000-barrel, contractor-owned and -operated bulk fuel storage facility in support of strategic and tactical requirements at Eielson Air Force Base and Fort Wainwright, Fairbanks AK, the company said. The initial contract is for four years, with an additional five-year option. Engineering, permitting and site surveys have begun, with groundbreaking expected in August and substantial completion expected by January 2022.
Crowley’s facility will provide 500,000 barrels of fuel storage with dedicated product pipelines, including a tie-in into the government-owned fuel pipeline currently servicing Eielson AFB. Additional infrastructure providing increased operational resiliency will include a tank truck loading facility (TTFL), rail car loading facility and on-site product additization.
This new government-dedicated facility will be the second of its kind for Crowley in Alaska. Crowley acquired a facility used called the Defense Fuels Support Point Anchorage in 2011. Over a 12-month period starting in 2015, the company expanded that terminal, adding nearly 500,000 barrels of new storage.
Crowley also installed on-site product additive storage and injection infrastructure, as well as a state-of-the-art TTLF, between 2017 and 2018. Today, Crowley provides more than 1 million barrels of dedicated product storage under a long-term contract with DLA Energy in support of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The original five-year contract began in 2015 and was recently extended through 2025 through DLA Energy’s exercising of a second five-year option.
“Crowley is proud to continue and expand our support of DLA Energy and the men and women in uniform that serve our nation both at home and abroad,” said Sean Thomas, vice president of Crowley Solutions. “Crowley’s fuel storage, supply and distribution capabilities enable DLA Energy to receive valuable energy services and ensure a robust government supply chain.”