Chevron and Keenan Inaugurate $100 Million Utility Plant at National Interagency Biodefense Campus
Public-private partnership to deliver reliable power and other utilities to key U.S. biodefense facility
FREDERICK, Md., May 8, 2008 - Chevron Energy Solutions and Keenan Development today announced the commercial operation of a $100 million central utility plant to provide efficient and reliable power, chilled water, and steam to the National Interagency Biodefense Campus (NIBC) at the U.S. Army's Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland.
The central utility plant's design provides for continuous steam, chilled water, electricity and standby emergency power to reliably meet the needs of the NIBC's laboratory and biodefense research work. Chevron Energy Solutions, a unit of Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) that designed and built the plant on schedule and on budget, is operating the facility, while Keenan Development owns the plant and is leasing the project land from Fort Detrick.
"This plant will help ensure continued progress in biomedical research and other critical defense work at Fort Detrick," said Colonel Gina Deutsch, garrison commander at Fort Detrick. "In supporting our nation's biodefense laboratories, this project is supporting the security of our country."
"Through creative applied technology, this energy-efficient plant is safely meeting the needs of the National Interagency Biodefense Campus," said Jim Davis, president of Chevron Energy Solutions. "We are proud to have been part of such a meaningful partnership that will enable the facility to carry out its important work."
"From the outset of this project, it was clear the U.S. Army was seeking the most efficient, cost effective and reliable means to provide power and other utilities in support of its research efforts," said John Hill, Keenan Development principal. "We are very pleased that we have achieved the Army's goals through the comprehensive solutions that we are providing."
The new facility is designed to support some of the highest-level biosafety containment laboratories in the world: the National Institute of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Integrated Research Facility, the Department of Homeland Security's National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center, Fort Detrick's Steam Sterilization Plant, and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.
The central utility plant is the first energy project established through the Department of Defense's enhanced-use lease authority, which allows private companies to develop non-essential military property for commercial use.
Chevron Energy Solutions partners with institutions and businesses to improve facilities, increase efficiency, reduce energy consumption and costs, and ensure reliable, high-quality energy for critical operations. Through contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Energy, the company has engineered and installed improvements at military bases that are expected to save U.S. taxpayers approximately $240 million in total. At mail facilities throughout Northern California, the company has completed upgrades that are saving the U.S. Postal Service more than $2 million per year in energy costs. For more information about Chevron Energy Solutions, visit its Web site at www.chevronenergy.com.
Keenan Development has developed, financed, and design-built projects for the public sector for more than two decades. Its projects range from moderately-sized design-build administrative offices to large, high-tech laboratory and research facilities as well as preservation of historic facilities and new construction on college campuses and military installations. For more information, visit Keenan's Web site at www.kdallc.com.
For more information about the Army's enhanced-use lease authority, visit the U.S. Army's Web site at EUL.Army.mil.
Published: May 2008