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Federal Express Fuel Farm Design-Build
Memphis International Airport Memphis, Tennessee

Client Challenge:
Record breaking shipping volumes during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta required Federal Express officials to take immediate action to prepare for the holiday shipping demands.  Having an additional 30,000 billion gallon fuel storage tank would reduce aircraft turnover times and maximize shipment flights and volumes.
PRIME Solution:

Prime engaged fast-track design/build services for design and installation of aviation fuel tank.  Assembled design and construction team with existing expertise and with whom they had an existing working relationship.  Team implemented aggressive communications, scheduling and follow-up routine.  Tank was designed, built and operational in 5 months.

Prime Engineering provided Design-Build services for a 250,000 BBL methanol marine receipt, storage, and truck distribution terminal.  Services included evaluation, planning, budgeting, and design for a Design / Build / Operate / Finance team of investors.  Our cost-effective solution was to identify an existing deep-water dock at a Mobile asphalt plant and develop the adjacent unused property for a new methanol truck-loading terminal connected to the dock by a product receipt pipeline.  The facility operates 24 / 7, supplying a continuous stream of tanker trucks making the round trip to Pace.  After evaluation of the terminal, Prime was again selected to provide engineering services including fire protection, civil/site grading and drainage, controls, utilities, structural and electrical.

This $1.9 million design / build project was for the addition of a new 30,000 bbl jet fuel storage tank to the existing fuel farm at the Federal Express air cargo Memphis Hub.  Prime Engineering was responsible for complete design, permitting, value engineering, construction, final start-up, and training.  We were contracted for complete design and construction, with an accelerated schedule for completion and operation within 5 months.

The project’s scope of work included:

  • Over cutting existing soil by 6 feet and replacing poor soil with structural fill
  • Concrete ring wall
  • 30,000-bbl API jet fuel storage tank
  • Renovation of existing fire suppression system
  • Cathodic protection system
  • Lightning suppression system
  • Structural concrete dike containment system
  • Dike containment liner system for three tanks
  • Modifications to the existing control system
  • Installation of floating suction and above grade piping for connection to the inbound and outbound fuel transfer systems
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