At conception, the primary intent of the current Petroleum Maintenance and Repair Services program was to improve system reliability of petroleum facilities by implementing a proactive preventive maintenance program. Through a proactive maintenance program, system reliability is increased, the cost and magnitude of repairs are decreased, and mission readiness is ensured.
Preventive maintenance operations are either self-performed or allocated to subcontractors based upon geographic location, capabilities and expertise of the contractor. These tasks along with observation of the system operational status are accomplished along with interviews with facility operations staff. A standard form report is generated to document the tasks completed and the findings from the trip including recommendations for repairs.
During the initial site visit at each location, Pond will define site specific preventive maintenance tasks required to ensure safe and efficient operations. Given the wide range of fuel systems that exist at DoD fuel facilities, the UFC 3-460-03 Operations and Maintenance; Maintenance Of Petroleum Fuel Systems and other relevant codes and standards must be applied to the actual site requirements. Typical petroleum facilities range from single self-contained, aboveground tanks for ground vehicle fueling to complex Type III hydrant fueling systems for aircraft. In addition, the age and condition of the facilities range from systems just coming out of the warranty period with good documentation to petroleum facilities well beyond the original design life, that include obsolete components and parts, but must remain operational to meet mission objectives.
Service trucks and technicians mobilized for the visits are equipped with all of the tools and consumables required to perform the quarterly and semi-annual requirements of the PWS. This approach allows minor repairs to be identified and often completed while on site performing the planned maintenance activities. Pond has worked with its Execution Agency (EA) Partners to develop an expedited process for approving Service Orders while the crew is on site to minimize expense.