GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (NNS) -- Only 48 hours after two fuel-efficient, 3.5-megawatt electro-motive division (EMD) generators were installed and turned on at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, July 29, Public Works Department recorded a five percent decrease in fuel consumption at the plant.
"For a long time, Guantanamo Bay has been running this base on generators that have far exceeded their life expectancy," said Art Torley, public works' production division director. "With the exception of the two EMD generators and four wind turbines that were installed in 2005, the base has been using generators as old as 1957 to produce power for consumers on the base."
Because the U.S. and Cuba do not maintain diplomatic relations, Guantanamo Bay must produce water and electricity on-station for approximately 5,700 residents, NS Guantanamo Bay and tenant activities.
The older, less fuel-efficient generators are scheduled to be shut down and removed, said Tim Wagoner, NS Guantanamo Bay's resource efficiency manager.
The project could save the Navy approximately $2 million per year in diesel fuel cost, said Wagoner.
Two more of the 112,000-pound, 3.5-megawatt EMD generators are due on the island in September and are scheduled to be installed in December and January, said Wagoner.
This initiative is one of many throughout the Navy and Marine Corps which will enable the Department of the Navy to achieve Secretary Ray Mabus' energy goals to improve our energy security and efficiency afloat and
ashore, increase our energy independence, and help lead the nation toward a clean energy economy.
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