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American Bridge Co. in Richmond, VA won a $35.2 million firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of Pier 31 at U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London. American Bridge will demolish the existing pier and build a new facility, which will include a pile-supported pier with concrete deck, electrical shore power, pier lighting, communications, cable, telephone, lightning protection, water, sewer, compressed air, pure water and oily waste/waste oil piping connections off-pier, bitts, jib cranes, retractable craneless brows, rubber-faced steel fendering system and specialized equipment.
Atlantic Contingency Constructors in Norfolk, VA received 3 task orders totaling up $100 million to install solar energy systems at U.S. Navy shore facilities in the United States. The task orders were awarded under a Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic multiple-award global contingency construction contract (N62470-06-D-6007).
All of the task orders involve installation of solar energy systems that will be tied to the electrical distribution grid. Altantic Contingency Constructors expects to complete work on the task orders by Sept. 30/10. Funds are provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
VSE Federal Group received 2 contracts totalling $12 million from the U.S. Army to refurbish equipment shelters and fuel tankers. The 1st contract (W25GIV-08-A-8207), worth $10 million, is from the Tobyhanna Army Depot to refurbish Army S-280 and S-250 equipment shelters, which are portable, all-weather shelters for communications equipment and other transportable electronic equipment. VSE will provide inspection, repair, sealing, blasting, painting and testing of the equipment shelters.
The 2nd contract (W911RQ-09-D-0015), worth $2 million, is from Red River Army Depot to repair 68 M900 series up-armored fuel tankers coated with the fuel tanker self-sealant system (FTSS), which is a coating applied to the exterior surface of the fuel tank that will seal a leak caused by small arms fire within 20 minutes of impact. VSE will work with Red River to blast, paint and repair the tanker frames in addition to repairing damaged tanker bodies with the FTSS coating. The FTSS effort is mandated by the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command. Each tanker being repaired has a 5,000 gallon capacity.
IAP Worldwide Services in Irmo, SC, won a $21.3 million service, firm-fixed-price contract to provide electrical power distribution service to Forward Operating Base (FOB) Leatherneck in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The service is required to distribute power from a leased power plant in order to maintain the life support of the camp. IAP will provide the electricity distribution system, which will be located underground. IAP will perform the work in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of June 07/10. 7 bids were solicited with 4 bids received by the Kandahar Air Field Regional Contracting Center in Afghanistan (W91B4L-09-C-0045).
FOB Leatherneck is one of the FOBs operating in the southern region of Afghanistan, where most of the 21,000 U.S. troops deploying to the country this summer will be concentrated. The U.S. military is working to ensure that the basic infrastructure is in place to continue receiving troops in Kandahar before sending them out to the FOBs, which are in various stages of development throughout the region, U.S. Forces Afghanistan officials said. As FOB development continues, troops could remain in Kandahar for several weeks before deploying out to their final destinations throughout the summer months. See American Forces Press Service article for more information.
Environmental Leader covers the US Navy’s i-ENCON program, which helped US Navy ships save more than $79 million in fuel costs during Q1-Q2 2009. That’s the largest 2-quarter cost savings since the fleet-wide conservation program was implemented in FY 1999.
The article explains i-ENCON in more depth, reviews the trend in the U.S. Navy’s overall energy consumption level, and points to an interesting new initiative in Raser Technologies Inc.’s new 100 miles-per-gallon, extended-range electric Hummer H3 demonstrator.
The US Department of Defense’s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program works to support research that involves more than one traditional science and engineering discipline. Traditional research grants can be hard to come by in these cases, and few extend over multiple years but many complex problems require this approach. So, too, does talent development.
Hence MURI’s recent FY 2009 slate, involving $260 million awarded to 69 academic institutions, in order to fund 41 projects over the next 5 years. Exact amounts for each project will be negotiated between the winning institutions and the DoD research offices that will make the awards: the Army Research Office (ARO), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR).
ARO, ONR, and AFOSR solicited proposals in 32 topics important to the DoD, and received a total of 152 proposals. Some of the project topics and titles included:
Environmental Leader links and summarizes a recent Los Angeles Times report that covers the push for energy efficiency within the Pentagon. The LA Times reports that the US Defense Department already derives 9.8% of its power from alternative sources and is looking to expand the use of wind, solar, thermal and nuclear energy.
Their report also includes this anecdote from Iraq:
While there are some contracts issued throughout the year, the US military typically issues large sets of contracts over concentrated periods. In March 2006, for instance, DID covered over $3 billion in contracts issued within a week. The Defense Energy Support Center estimates that the US military paid more than $10 billion for over 130 million barrels of fuel in 2006, compared to $6.7 billion for 144.8 million barrels in 2004. No wonder energy conservation is on the Pentagon’s agenda, while DARPA researches alternative fuels for B-52 bombers.
It would appear to be that time of year again. Here are all of the American military’s fuel contracts for March 2009, along with descriptions of key fuel types and explanations of the contract language. The final tally was $5,693,595,745 – plus any economic price adjustments, a term we explain below.
Environmental Leader magazine has a pair of stories covering achievements in the defense sector:
Lockheed Martin received several awards in 2008 for its progress towards the aggressive 25% reduction goals for carbon, waste, and water use it had set in 2007. The firm has set 2012 as the target date, and is also expanding its sales of related conservation services. EL story.
Meanwhile, the US Navy has reduced its overall energy consumption level by 12% as of this year. Since few additional funds were allocated, the Navy is using “share-in-savings” where contractors pay for the upgrade and capital costs, then the Navy pays them back through resulting savings in its energy bills. Environmental Leader’s story details some of these arrangements.
On a comparable note, Raytheon’s Enterprise Energy Team received one of Raytheon’s 2007 Excellence in Operation and Quality award in June 2008. The team achieved Raytheon’s 2-year goal and decreased total company-wide energy consumption by 17% during 2007, vs. an adjusted 2005 baseline. The firm saved $10 million in energy costs during 2007, and avoided 104 million kWh. Since energy constitutes 90% of the firm’s greenhouse gas footprint, the firm expects to meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals a year early.
Full disclosure: DID LLC recently signed a financial agreement with Environmental Leader magazine that involves mutual investments. DID’s long-standing coverage of energy issues and their implications for military procurement will continue, and we look forward to working together with Environmental Leader on key trends and stories of interest.
The US military’s DARPA research agency is sponsoring research under the Biofuels-Cellulosic and Algal Feedstock program. Its goal is to develop the technical capability and commercial experience to produce an affordable JP-8 surrogate fuel from algae, in order to create a wider range of options if some of the US Army’s Corps of Engineers’ predictions come true over the next couple of decades. JP-8 is the fuel used by the US Air Force; Army vehicles also use it as an option, which can simplify the supply chain. Bids solicited were via the Broad Agency Announcement and 17 bids were received by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, VA.
Dec 15/08: Science Applications International Corp (SAIC) in San Diego, CA won a $14.9 million cost-plus fixed-price contract. Work will be performed in Vienna, VA; Minnetonka, MN; Albuquerque, NM; Houston, TX; Baltimore, MD; Austin, TX; Irvine, CA; Imperial, TX; Des Plaines, IL; and Grand Forks, ND, and is expected to continue until March 10/10 (HR0011-09-C-0033).
Dec 9/08: A team led by General Atomics in San Diego, CA won a $19.9 million cost-plus fixed-price contract. Work will be performed by General Atomics in San Diego, CA; Scripps Institutions of Oceanography in La Jolla, CA; Arizona State University in Mesa, AZ; Blue Sun Biodiesel in Golden, CO; Texas A&M AgriLIFE in College Station, Texas, UOP LLC in Des Plains, IL; Hawaii Bio Energy in Honolulu; The University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmetal research Center in Grand Forks, ND; and Utah State University in Logan, UT. Work is expected to continue until June 8/10 (HR0011-09-C-0034)