Honeywell has received an energy efficiency project contract from the US Air Force’s (USAF) to enhance operations and reduce costs at Tinker Air Force Base (AFB), located near Oklahoma city in the US.

Under the $80.6m contract, the company will perform energy and water-saving upgrades to help Tinker AFB reach the 30% energy reduction goal decided by Presidential Executive Order 13514.

Honeywell will replace three existing central steam plants with high-efficiency heating equipment, which requires the installation of four miles of natural gas piping featuring approximately 130 packaged hot-water and steam boilers, as well as a wide range of infrared and direct-fired gas heaters.

A fourth steam plant will also be downsized by the company, whilst 56 buildings will be taken off the base’s steam heat grid.

Commenting on the programme, Honeywell Building Solutions president Paul Orzeske said: "This project will touch more than half the base, almost 9.5m square feet of space."

Tinker Air Force Base 72nd Air Base Wing and Installation commander colonel Steven Bleymaier said the project will eventually enable the base to achieve energy efficiencies through significant reduction in its energy consumption.

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"This is exciting and a big milestone towards the many energy challenges and opportunities ahead, especially in the area of industrial processes, which account for 70 percent of Tinker’s energy consumption," Bleymaier added.

An advanced metering system will also be installed by the company to facilitate measurement and verification of the energy and natural gas consumption by the base, which will also employ Honeywell Enterprise Buildings Integrator (EBI) for control of heating, cooling and metering equipment.

Honeywell will also supply a Technical Resource Manager (TRM), which will serve as the primary liaison for base personnel, in addition to ascertaining continuity, management of measurement and verification, as well as monitoring of operations and maintenance.

The project’s construction phase is expected to complete in 2015, and the resulting upgrades are scheduled to save the base $6.4m during the first year and an overall $170m over the next 20 years.