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JTF-RH Completes Unpacking, Gravity Defueling,Residual Fuel Removal Begins in January

23-001 | Dec. 15, 2023

HONOLULU, Hawaii —

Joint Task Force-Red Hill (JTF-RH) completed unpacking the pipelines in the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility (RHBFSF) today.  

Unpacking is the process of removing the remaining fuel from the pipelines and is the final step in the gravity-based defueling of the RHBFSF.   

Since the start of gravity defueling Oct. 16, 2023, JTF-RH has safely removed approximately 104,642,160 gallons of fuel, six months ahead of schedule. 

JTF-RH now shifts focus to prepare for the safe removal of the majority of residual fuel, fuel in the pipelines that can’t be drained by gravity, approximately 60,000 gallons. This will begin mid-January, pending regulatory approval.  

JTF-RH is committed to working with regulators and government stakeholders to ensure Red Hill is defueled safely, expeditiously, and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.   

For more information about JTF-RH, visit or download the mobile app by searching for “JTF–Red Hill” in the Apple App store or Google Play store. 


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