By Earl Bittner, NAVFAC Southeast Public Affairs Office
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast awarded a $7.99 million firm-fixed-price task order Nov. 18 for design and replacement of natural gas distribution at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Georgia to Old Veteran Construction, Inc., a Chicago-based company.
A 2011 gas study recommended the pipeline replacement and documented the steps necessary to bring the pipeline up to code. A previous survey was conducted in 2008. The newer study raised the concern over the change in condition of the underground natural gas pipeline, and associated systems.
"This project will repair the natural gas distribution main serving the base," said Col. Don Davis, commanding officer, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany. "The natural gas distribution system was installed in 1953, and like our water and electrical distribution systems, it was well beyond its service life and in need of replacement."
The gas line project will complete a long-term effort started in 2010 by the MCLB Installation and Environment Division to replace all major utility distribution systems on the base. When this project is complete in 2106, the Marine Corps will have spent more than $50 million upgrading these mission critical utility systems.
"This project provides for the full repair of the current system and includes installation of polyethylene natural gas pipeline, valves, regulators, and fittings necessary for a complete, usable and safe gas distribution network," said Lt. Jose Centenorosado, Albany's Facilities Engineering and Acquisition Division.
"I am grateful to our NAVFAC support team for their exceptional job of getting these projects awarded and constructed," said Davis.
This effort is under a previously awarded multiple award construction contract task order that not to exceed 36 months, N69450-13-D-1766, with an expected completion date of August 2016.