When a JP-8 jet fuel leak was detected in this important defense installation’s underground fuel line, Conti Federal was contracted by the Defense Energy Support Center to locate and repair it under the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment’s (AFCEE) large-scale leak testing and repair program.

The purpose of the project was to locate the source of the leak, repair it, remediate soil and groundwater contaminations caused by the leak, and restore the site. The team investigated to determine the leak’s exact location and excavated a 20 ft by 8 ft by 6 ft trench by hand due to fiber-optic cables in the vicinity. Conti Federal cut out, removed and reinstalled fiberglass tees, pipes and flanges to repair the damaged pipe and performed pressure tests, hydro tests and x-rays to ensure no leaks were present.

When repairs were finished, the team sampled and remediated 60 yards of soil and worked with Nellis Air Force Base personnel to facilitate onsite transport and disposal. Finally, the site was backfilled with native soil and compacted to 95%.

Despite challenging site logistics, Conti Federal successfully completed all tasks by working cohesively with stakeholders, regulators and our project team. This was performed under budget and in only a few weeks, resulting in another successful Conti Federal leak repair under the AFCEE program. Nellis Air Force Base, the Defense Energy Support Center, and USACE Omaha were all extremely satisfied with the work of Conti Federal.