RAAF Amberley ETC1 DFI Works, QLD


Department of Defence


RAAF Amberley, QLD



Contract type

EWP MEWC-1 2014 - Construct Only


Mar 20

RAAF Base Amberley has a facility called Engine Test Cell 1 (ETC1) which is used to test aircraft jet engines. ETC1 has an associated Defence Fuel Installation (ETC1-DFI), which supplies fuel for engine testing. The ETC1 upgrade enables the testing of Pratt & Whitney F135 engines for the F-35 and retains the ability to test the General Electric F414 engines for the F/A-18 Super Hornets.

The existing ETC1-DFI was in poor condition and has a large number of non-compliances, with some of the non-compliances having been addressed with temporary measures. The existing ETC1-DFI was therefore replaced with a new and fully compliant facility, suitable for the ETC1 upgrade for the F-135.

The main features of the new DFI installation forming project EST04231 are as follows:

  • Two horizontal single skin stainless steel storage tanks, with each tank having gross volume of 80,000 litres each;
  • Tank foundations;
  • A tank compound;
  • A road tanker bay, including a contained slab;
  • A shelter at the tanker bay (i.e. not a shelter for the tanker vehicles);
  • Import pipework;
  • Delivery pipework, including pumps, coalescing filters and return line;
  • Sampling, water draw-off and slops systems including a new 5,000 litre underground slops tank and slops line from ETC1;
  • Drainage, including a new underground separator;
  • Personnel access stairs and platforms, including to the top of the storage tanks, and over pipework;
  • Pump raft containment slab and shelter;
  • Control system;
  • Fire protection system;
  • Asphalt yard area;
  • Fencing with gates.
  • New and upgrading of roading to access the new road tanker facility, and the upgrade of the road to the ETC1 kitting building.

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