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Energy Conservation Upgrading
July 28, 2010

According to information made available from Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), several of the overhead steam lines at Naval Station Norfolk will come down during the next few years as part of a plan to reduce energy consumption on the installation.

The steam decentralization contract, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, was awarded by NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic.

The plan calls for approximately 50 buildings to switch from steam to natural gas for their heating needs.

Natural gas is a much more efficient way to heat buildings, an observation backed by an energy conservation study commissioned by NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic in 2009.

Upgraded heating and air conditioning systems, energy efficient lighting, water heating and other measures are also part of the project, said Duane Goodrich, a mechanical engineer with NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic.

Tetra Tech Tesoro, a Virginia Beach, Va., company, was awarded the competitively bid contract at approximately $12 million.

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