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By James Johnson, NAVFAC Washington Public Affairs
INDIAN HEAD, Md. (NNS) -- Construction on Naval Support Facility Indian Head's Agile Chemical Facility is set to begin after a groundbreaking ceremony, June 17.
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington will construct six new buildings and renovate four, providing improved manufacturing facilities for "OTTO Fuel II," which is used in torpedoes.
Replacing the more than 50-year-old facilities will benefit the manufacturing process by being more environmentally friendly, reduce the amount of wastewater generated, and increase worker safety.
"The hazards that our personnel are exposed to will significantly decrease," said Dennis McLaughlin, technical director, NSWC Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division. "The facility will increase the safety of operating personnel by removing them from the existing attended operation and placing them in a remotely-located control room to operate the process."
The project also involves demolishing 39 buildings, a total demolition area of 24,000 square feet.
John C. Grimberg Company, Inc. was awarded a $29 million contract for the project in Aug. 2012. Construction is scheduled for completion in October 2014.