Honeywell has secured a $243m contract to modernise the US Air Force's (USAF) Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City.

The proposed infrastructure modernisation project is expected to reduce energy consumption at the base by 23% annually.

Work under the project includes modernising production facilities at the Oklahoma City – Air Logistics Complex (OC-ALC), which employs more than 9,000 people and is one of three air logistics complexes operated within the Air Force Sustainment Center (AFSC), Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC).

"This is a big milestone for Tinker Air Force Base and the Air Force in our journey to achieving operational efficiency."

OC-ALC commander brigadier general Mark K. Johnson said: "This is a big milestone for Tinker Air Force Base and the Air Force in our journey to achieving operational efficiency, and we thank both the Secretary of the Air Force Leadership and Honeywell for making this achievement possible.

“In addition to increasing productivity, the improvements will also make us more competitive in the private sector for aircraft maintenance work through decreasing our energy costs."

The company will install two new 2,000t chillers at the base to increase the reliability of the cooling system, as well as LED lighting with wireless controls and smart meters to more closely monitor and track building energy consumption.

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The project also includes updating wastewater treatment systems to provide equipment control and alarm monitoring, upgrading paint booths to reduce energy used by the painting process and decentralising the steam heating plant with a distributed heat system to lower energy use.

Upon completion of the project, the Air Logistics Complex is expected to save more than $626m in energy and operational costs over the life of the project.

Honeywell said it will also integrate new buildings on the base into Tinker Air Force Base's existing Honeywell Enterprise Buildings Integrator (EBI) building management system that manages and controls heating, cooling and metering equipment.