The Airport Commission in Nantucket, Massachusetts, is soon to receive a preliminary report on how much it will cost to build a bulk fuel storage compound.
Once the numbers are in, the Airport Commission and Bulk Fuel committee will start looking at how it can build the storage tanks in what will likely be some sort of phased development.
With the new facility in place most, or all, of the island's fuel could be delivered by tanker between April and November with three-to-four deliveries a year. Some of the lesser-used fuels like diesel and LNG could still be transported to the island as needed.
The plan is to store most of the island's fuels at a four-million-gallon tank farm off Bunker Road. The farm would be connected to a fuel pipeline running off the South Shore to a singlepoint mooring; there, a tanker would dock and pump fuel into a suboceanic pipeline that would run inland beneath the beach and sandplain grasslands on airport property. The project is estimated to cost $50 million (36.8 million).