Storm-Hardened Switchgear Weathers the Elements to Help Power NOAA’s new Pacific Fleet Headquarters
Central Lincoln People’s Utility District installed a Trayer 3805 6-way SCADA VFI with high-speed automatic transfer to provide reliable 15kV power distribution in a corrosive salt air coastal environment of high moisture and humidity.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s new Marine Operations Center-Pacific (NOAA MOC-P) provides nearly 41,000 square feet of state- of-the-art LEED-certified offices and warehouses supporting the agency’s Pacific Fleet operations. Situated adjacent to Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center at the head of Yaquina Bay, the new MOC-P facility in Newport, Oregon, is home port to four NOAA research/survey ships as well as supporting five other vessels operating out of Alaska and Hawaii.
Mission-critical operations demand high power availability
Since 2011, the Marine Operations Center has not only provided administration, engineering and maintenance for NOAA’s Pacific fleet. It has also provided a host of other mission-critical operations underscoring the importance of this facility to the maritime operations of the entire Pacific Rim. These include:
- Producing nautical charts
- Deploying and maintaining buoys for gathering oceanographic information, weather data and generating tsunami warnings
- Managing commercial marine fish stock
- Collecting data relative to climate and the protection of marine life, coral reefs and historic shipwrecks
The NOAA center’s need for global communications and high-performance computing underscores the demand for reliable power from the local utility to the facility on a 24/7/365 basis.
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