Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a $7.72 million firm-fixed-price task order Nov. 21 for the refurbishment of Taurman Avenue electrical substation at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Islands Mechanical Contractor, Inc., a small business based in Middleburg, Florida, was awarded the contract.
NS Guantanamo Bay Commanding Officer Capt. J.R. Nettleton said:
The award to replace Taurman substation is a major milestone that will improve energy conservation and reliability for Naval Station Guantanamo Bay and its Supported Commands.
Recent engineering and inspection reports determined that existing substation equipment and insulators at the Taurman Avenue substation have deteriorated and need to be replaced. Some of the existing equipment is original to the construction of this substation, which was placed into service in the 1960s, while other equipment was replaced when the substation was renovated in the 1970s.
NS Guantanamo Bay Public Works Officer Cmdr. Ronald Jenkins said:
Instead of replacing the deteriorated equipment while continuing operations to serve the distribution loads, this project replaces the existing infrastructure by providing a new outdoor substation adjacent to the existing substation.
The task order calls for the design and construction of new outdoor substation infrastructure to recapitalize the existing outdoor substation.
Work is expected to be completed by August 2016.
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