b'56 GSP FUELINGThe airport handles all fueling for cargoand passenger aircraft in-house. Argus_PrintR5.pdf 1 4/8/19 7:06 AMSafety Was a Priority Rice stresses that safety procedures were vital throughout the project. Nothing is simple in construction, he affirms. We had lots of moving parts every day. People were welding constantly. We might have from 20 to 40 people working at the same time.There also were steady concerns and cautions about dangerous vapors, especially when fuel hoses were connected to one of the original 30,000-gallon storage tanks. We had to take extra precautions throughout the process, Rice emphasizes. We used meters to measure Lower Explosive Limits (LEL) in the atmosphere.CAfter all components were installed and hooked up, a rigorous M one-week testing period began. Specialists checked the tanks, Y pipe-to-pipe fittings, fuel flushing performance, etc. CM The jet fuel itself was tested to ensure there were no harmful MY particulates. We did a 16-point inspection. All 16 tests had to be CY passed by an independent third-party lab, Rice says. We even hired our own lab as a backup.CMYSafety procedures concerning airfield traffic also were Kimportant, Gjerstad adds. Naturally, we wanted everything to be safe, and we designed systems that would eliminate obstacles. There were many stages of security. For example, contractors needed various badges, and had to be escorted by airport staff. They also had to enter the airfield from a security gate at the south end of the airfield.Well-Oiled Machine The new storage tanks receive product from fuel delivery trucks that originate at various stations throughout the Southeast. Each March | April 2023AirportImprovement.com'