The Department of the Navy has commissioned a liquefied natural gas power plant at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
A ceremony was held on Sept. 7 at the military installation to mark the occasion, with Meredith Berger, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment, among the military leaders present.
Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command awarded Siemens Government Technologies a contract in July 2019 to construct the LNG under the Energy Savings Performance Contract project.
The LNG on NSGB, valued at $368.8 million, serves as the largest ESPC in the history of the Navy.
“The design of this specific power plant is tailored to provide an efficient and reliable power supply with a reduced carbon footprint to support both mission-critical operations and everyday activities,” said Capt. Miguel Dieguez, commanding officer of NAVFAC Southeast. “Given its remote and isolated location at NS Guantanamo Bay, it was imperative that we select the right plan of action with the right industry partner in Siemens Government Technologies the first time around for this historic project.”
According to the Navy, the facility is expected to generate $24.6 million in annual energy savings over the next two decades. The military branch also estimates that the LNG will reduce fuel consumption by 27.4 percent every year and prevent over 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide from reaching the atmosphere.