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Mobile Utilities Experts Complete Expeditionary Power Plant

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS080304-10
Release Date: 3/4/2008 11:24:00 AM

From Linda Wadley, Naval Facilities Expeditionary Logistics Center Public Affairs

PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) -- Five mobile utilities support equipment (MUSE) technicians returned to Port Hueneme Feb. 24, after making final adjustments to the prime power plant they installed at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, to meet the camp's increasing energy demands.

The plant, which began producing power the first week in February, is the largest expeditionary power plant MUSE has installed since the Vietnam era.

"The mission has been a successful example of the expeditionary capabilities that MUSE has developed to meet current operational requirements," said Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Dapp, Naval Facilities Expeditionary Logistics Center (NFELC) operations officer. "Historically, the majority of MUSE missions have involved cold iron support for the haze gray Navy. The recent focus on expeditionary deployment of MUSE equipment has required the program to engineer modifications to their equipment to meet new mission requirements."

MUSE is a division of the NFELC.

The plant, capable of powering nearly 4,000 residential homes, constitutes a 50 percent increase in the Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa power generation capacity and meets all current and near future needs, explained Dapp. In total, six 1,200-kilowatt power plants and two 5-mega volt amp substations will be tied into the camp power grid. The project combines older generation power plants, capable of producing 50-hertz power, with state-of-the-art substations designed specifically for this mission. The $5 million installation was $25 million less then the estimated contract cost.

More than 15 MUSE technicians have supported the two-year project.

MUSE provides power generation, transformation, and steam generating equipment to support worldwide Navy and Department of Defense utility shortfalls and emergencies.

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