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New Fueling Facility Opens

February 16, 2009

The University of Wyoming's new fueling facility south of the Central Energy Plant is now fully operational. The old facility at 14th and Lewis streets will be taken offline Feb. 23.

Individuals who need keys to obtain fuel at the new facility can contact Fleet Services Manager Larry Powles at 766-3573, e-mail PIN numbers have not changed.

Completed at a cost of approximately $1 million, the new facility has three compartments that now store gasoline and diesel, and the third compartment will have the capability to store biofuel in the future, says Chris Floy, construction design specialist.

It features a state-of-the-art computer-controlled fueling system that can be remotely monitored, along with the latest capabilities to ensure environmental protection and personal safety. Unlike the old fueling facility, it is away from any occupied buildings, and provides a much larger space to allow easier maneuverability by large vehicles such as the fleet transportation buses.

Complying with all EPA requirements, the double-walled facility meets rigorous Underwriters Laboratory standards for technology and design. Because it is above ground, any leaks can be observed immediately, says project manager Jeff Comin. If a spill occurs, the fuel flows into oil recovery tanks that separate oil from water and prevent contamination of storm water or soil.

Other safety features include a kill switch that when hit will automatically dial 911 if there is a spill, allowing UWPD to dispatch emergency services to the area if necessary. There is also a phone booth for local calls, and video cameras will be installed, connecting with the campus video surveillance sercurity system.

Comin says the current underground tank at 14th and Lewis streets is being evaluated to determine if it will be physically removed or cleaned and filled in place.

Posted on Monday, February 16, 2009

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