GPA completes evaluation of bids for new power plant

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The new power plant will be more efficient than existing baseload units and close to major load centers in northern Guam.

The Guam Power Authority has completed its evaluation of bids for the new power plant.

In a news release, GPA stated that participating bidders were informed of the results of the bid and the bidding process is now in the mandated bid protest period.

According to GPA, the new power plant will be more efficient than existing baseload units and close to major load centers in northern Guam.

Melinda C. Mafnas, acting GPA general manager, said: “This new generation will quickly respond to renewable energy power intermittency issues increasing the capability of GPA’s grid to accommodate additional renewable energy. The plant will be designed as dual-fired, capable of using two kinds of fuel – Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) or Natural Gas (NG).”

In addition, the new plant will process and use “gray water” from the nearby sewage treatment plant, greatly reducing the amount of treated wastewater flowing into the ocean and eliminating the use of potable water from the aquifer.

Moreover, the new plant will also directly tie into major underground lines servicing the Guam Memorial Hospital, areas of Tumon, Harmon, Tamuning and the Guam International Airport. This enables quicker post-typhoon restoration.

“GPA continues to move forward in the acquisition of the new plant to
better serve our customers reliably and efficiently,” Mafnas said.

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