GTT’s subsidiary, GTT North America, has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Defense for the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility.

Red Hill is a military fuel storage facility near Honolulu, Hawaii, which includes 20 steel-lined underground storage tanks with a total capacity up to 250 million gallons, connected to fuelling piers at Pearl Harbour.

Under the agreement, GTT will work with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and the U.S. Navy to develop a solution to upgrade the existing tanks to double wall containment.

GTT engineers will “use the company’s expertise in advanced tank containment system technologies, acquired over the past 60 years in the shipping and land storage of LNG under cryogenic conditions, to design a continuously monitored membrane barrier system that will extend the useful life of the tanks, originally built in the 1940s”.

This award comes to GTT after a competitive source selection strategy launched last spring by DIU, known as Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO). This rigorous process falls under the Other Transaction (OT) authority, and is aimed at facilitating innovative technologies from the commercial sector that directly fulfil requirements, close capability gaps, or provide potential technological advances to support the mission of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT, said: “We are proud and honoured to have been retained by the U.S. Department of Defense to assist them in extending the longevity of the Red Hill facility, recognised as both a Civil Engineering Landmark and a strategic asset to U.S. Navy operations in the Pacific.

“This contract is in line with our large capacity energy storage activities and clearly demonstrates our commitment to innovation beyond our traditional cryogenic business. Our goal is to contribute our technological and innovation capabilities to the sustainable preservation of Hawaii’s groundwater resources. This is perfectly consistent with our new baseline: ‘Technology for a Sustainable World’.”

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25th September 2020