THE United States’ combat logistics support agency is moving on plans for a multimillion dollar fuel farm facility in Darwin for its fighter jets and warships.
The fuel reserve is being established in Darwin to ensure US war machines are not left stranded if fuel supply lines are disrupted.
DLA Energy has issued a Request For Information (RFI) for fuel operations in the Port of Darwin.
The RFI is a precursor to the tender process.
In the RFI notice DLA Energy is seeking information on “industry capabilities/interest/potential sources for the receipt, storage, and issue 1.2 million barrels of aviation turbine fuel, grade JP5 (fill capacity), and 700,000 barrels of commercial jet fuel, grade jet A-1 (fill capacity), in the Port of Darwin, Australia.”
The RFI stipulates all product must be held at a single location.
The estimated annual throughput is 400,000 barrels for each 12 month contract period.
As the nation’s combat logistics support agency, DLA manages the global supply chain for the US Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, Coast Guard, 11 combatant commands, other federal agencies, and partner and allied nations.
The RFI seeks information for the potential lease/rental of fuel storage buildings, other warehousing and storage.
It also seeks information from interested companies on their service capabilities for receiving and shipping US government-owned product via an ocean-going tanker or barge on a 24-hour per day, seven-day per week basis.
Interested companies are asked to provide a Capability Statement that includes the firm’s capabilities to “provide contractor-owned/operated fuel storage facilities, equipment, tools, materials, supplies, and supervision necessary to receive, store, issue, maintain quality, account for petroleum products, maintain the associated fuel facilities and to provide qualified and experienced personnel.”
The United States and Australia began talks about establishing a US-funded military fuel reserve in Darwin last July. Australia’s Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said a Darwin fuel reserve farm is an incredibly important project, not just for the US, but also for Australia.
“This will be a very, very large fuel reserve,” she said.
The federal government’s plan to increase onshore diesel stockholdings and protect the nation’s fuel supply stepped up a notch last week with applications opening to be a part of the $200m program.