Andersen fuel pumps nearly operational Published May 11, 2007 By Airman 1st Class Carissa Morgan 36th Wing Public Affairs ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Your lengthy wait at the base gas station may soon be over. Contractors are replacing the old fuel kiosk with a fuel dispenser island and are repairing a pipe that failed inspection, said Roy Punzalan, the manager of the Army Air Force Exchange Service Car Care Shoppette. Demolition of the old kiosk began early January, said Mr. Punzalan. Installation of the new dispenser is nearly complete. Andersen residents have wondered why the construction is taking as long as it has. According to Mr. Punzalan, there have been a few bumps along the way. Contractors received mixed results from a test on the fuel lines. "The primary fuel line passed the test, but the secondary pipe failed," he said. "We are in the process of locating and repairing and/or replacing the pipe with the leak." Finding the source of the leak is proving to be extremely challenging, said Mr. Punzalan. "The contractor has to dig up the joints and piping to find the leak, then repair and retest the piping," he said. He added that a secondary problem is the small number of available specialists who are authorized to locate and verify the leak. Once a specialist was identified, they had to renew the work order for the construction project, a process which took an additional two weeks, he said. "The difficulty lies with the 'Needle in the Haystack' technique of finding the leak," said Mr. Punzalan. He added that the contractor must dig and test until he comes across the source of the leak. Hopefully, the contractor is lucky and finds the leak within the initial dig. Construction is scheduled for completion in June 7.