Before defueling Red Hill DoD is unpacking pipelines

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Nearly a year after residents began complaining of fuel in their water, the Navy is gearing up to start its defueling process for red hill. The first step is called “unpacking” where they’ll get petroleum out of the pipelines.

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DoD is in the process of unpacking three pipelines with about 1 million gallons of fuel currently sitting in them. The unpacking will take about a week. Captain Shawn Triggs, commander of naval supply fleet logistics, pearl harbor, said, “Red Hill stores three different fuel types, and each fuel type has its own pipeline. That 1 million gallons needs to come out of those pipelines before we can begin the repairs and the necessary modifications to build the resiliency of those pipelines for defueling.”

The unpacking process has four phases with phase one being training and preparation. “We’ve also incorporated lessons learned from the May and the November spills. So, we apply those lessons learned so that we could improve our performance and reduce risk to the greatest extent possible.” Said Rear Admiral John F.G. Wade, Red Hill Joint Task Force Commander.

Phase two of unpacking was completed on Monday October 24, 2022, which consists of valve checks and pressure equalization. October 25. 2022 DoD will began releasing fuel in phase three.

“Roughly about 90% of the fuel that’s in those pipelines will be removed via gravity.” Captain Shawn Triggs, commander