32nd St. Naval Station Steam Turbine, SAN DIEGO, CA
Mechanical Construction & Design/Build Services
Dependable power supply for operations at a key U.S. defense facility; energy efficient management; expedited construction schedule; comprehensive, single-source project accountability; turnkey delivery.
To provide reliable electrical power to a 1,029-acre naval station.
The U.S. Navy selected UMEC as the design/build prime contractor to deliver the mechanical services needed to bring a new source of power to its San Diego naval base, one of the world’s largest. Accelerating the project by overlapping appropriate parts of its design and construction phases, UMEC’s experts installed a new, five-megawatt steam turbine generator. In addition, the company put in the lubricating oil system, an air-cooled condenser, the electrical system, leading-edge controls, and all related piping. The piping installation involved running 12-inch, 125-psi (pounds per square inch) steam piping from the base’s existing 18-inch underground steam system to the new equipment, and connecting the new condenser’s four-inch condensate piping to similar piping at the existing power plant.
MILITARY FACILITY BACKGROUND
The 32nd St. Naval Station, also known as Naval Station (NAVSTA), San Diego, provides shore support and berthing facilities for the operating forces of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. There are over 50 ships home-ported at this location, with over 50 tenant commands. The 14 piers encompass 12 miles of the 1,029-acre facility. The base population is more than 35,000 military personnel and more than 7,000 civilians.