Oakland International

Oakland International Contends with Wetlands, Endangered Species and Seismic Risk at new Fuel Farm

“Building a fuel tank farm isn’t sexy; it just needs to be done,” says Tom McCartin, chairman of Oakland Fuel Facilities Corporation (OFFC) at California’s Oakland International Airport. With 15 carriers uploading an estimated 117 million gallons of jet fuel in 2009, it was simply time to replace the aging fuel farms, McCartin explains.

Although the $25 million project may not have the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster, it has multiple subplots and plenty of drama – by airport infrastructure standards. “You had seismic issues, you had proximity to the bay and you had proximity to the wetlands where some endangered species might reside,” McCartin details. “We had to be very careful.”