The system is comprised of high-pressure pipeline and 800-gpm mainline pump stations and low-pressure storage, receipt and dispensing modules called Tactical Petroleum Terminals. Originally, each was designed for specific locations and differed based on the terrain.
However, during Operation Desert Storm, more flexibility and mobility was needed than the large packages based on specific areas. About 112 miles of pipeline was installed using lightweight aluminum joints that have a high-pressure snapover grooved coupling for quick joining. But the more valuable assets were the 210,000-gallon-capacity fabric tanks and 600-gpm hoseline pumps that allowed several million gallons to be gathered via commercial trucks, then dispensed into military refuelers. Willbros sent contractor personnel to Saudi Arabia two days after the Iraqis invaded Kuwait and remained for some 16 months providing support during the conflict and for cleanup.
With great foresight, the PM-PWL had the system repackaged into flexible, intermodal containers and in smaller units. Everything now moves as a twenty-foot equivalency unit (TEU) from storage to truck, ship or rail. Thus, they arrive in the field the same way they left storage, without opening or repacking and fully protected through the trip.
We would like to recognize the contribution many patriotic people have made to this effort over the years.
April 21, 2003