DE RUEHNM #0351/01 1351135
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 151135Z MAY 09
FM AMEMBASSY NIAMEY
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 5030 UNCLAS NIAMEY 000351
DEPT FOR OBO/PE/DE/DMB BELINDA AUST and AF/EX PMO LAWRENCE JOHNSTON
E.O. 12958: N/A
SUBJECT: NIAMEY MSGQ
REF: a) NIAMEY 000131 , b) 05/04/09 Aust-Wilson e-mail
1. (U) Post appreciates the opportunity to comment on the proposed
MSGQ for Niamey as per Ref b.
2. (U) One of post's primary concerns for the new MSGQ is to ensure
that there is a reliable electrical power source available at all
times. Post appreciates that the design team has included reference
to the requirement to upgrade the incoming electrical service to the
compound. The current service size is operating at 80% and cannot
support additional loads. In addition to adequate city power, the
design plan must accommodate a generator that is capable of more
than just emergency back-up power. Electrical outages in Niamey are
frequent and prolonged, and given the requirement for around the
clock duty by the watch standers, the MSGQ must have a reliable
generator of sufficient capacity to provide prime power over an
extended interval of time, as the house will always be occupied by
at least one resident. Post is currently undertaking an overhaul of
a 320 kw generator that will be installed in Building C to replace
an existing 176 kw generator that is referenced in the design plan.
Post supports the proposal of moving this 176 kw generator to the
MSGQ, provided that the geQator will have sufficient capacity to
meet the demand of the 30 ton DX air conditioning system and
adequately cool the building in the 100 plus degree temperatures
that are common during the hot season in Niamey.
3. (U) Post notes that the underground fuel tank associated with the
Building C generator is on the northeast corner of the building (2
meters north of the building wall at the northwest corner). The
proposed design actually orients the sanitary line and clean-out for
the MSGQ to run directly through this underground tank. The tank
has been located erroneously next to the generator building in the
design plan. Although the leach field currently under construction
to handle the effluent from Building C may be adequate to handle the
additional flow from the MSGQ and proposed new warehouse, the
separator tank series (3 tanks) were not upgraded and may require
modification to handle the sewage from the new buildings before it
joins the distribution box. The septic system for Buildings A and B
cannot accept the additional load from the MSGQ and there are no
funds available at present to upgrade that system.
4. (U) Post confirms that the water service will need to be upgraded
from the service entrance at the west CAC to meet requirements for
the MSGQ. The submittals show that the new water connection for the
MSGQ taps into the line coming from the well pump. This well pump
is not operational and the water line between the pump station and
Building C is not in use and may need to be upgraded or modified.
Water service can be extended from Building C, but the incoming
service needs to be upgraded to provide an adequate water supply to
both Building C and the MSGQ.
5. (U) The MSG Detachment Commander has conferred with his command
and has now determined that the MSGQ requires only 6 bedrooms on
level two. The space allocated in the design plan to the seventh
bedroom, should be redistributed across the six bedrooms to increase
the living space available in each unit. The large open room at the
end of the hall should remain a flex room as per the draft design
6. (U) Although the storm water drainage system was highlighted as
an issue of concern during the OBO Team Site Survey, the draft
design plan does not address how this will be handled. During the
rainy season the existing storm water drain located between the
vehicle shops and the proposed MSGQ cannot handle the runoff. The
vehicle shops flood during periods of heavy rain as the existing
storm drain and tank are not adequate for the runoff. Construction
of the MSGQ and the subsequent reduction in open ground for rain
absorption will aggravate this problem which must be addressed with
adequate capacity to divert the runoff from the roof of the building
during periods of heavy rain.
7. (U) Per Ref b, post would like to reiterate the request for an
exception to the Standard Embassy Design MSGQ. Post does not
support construction of a basketball court and requests that funds
allocated for recreational facilities be diverted toward
construction of a swimming pool. As detailed in Ref b, a swimming
pool would meet recreational needs in this desert climate and also
serve as an emergency water source for the Embassy compound. Post
does not support postponing construction to a future date when the
project will need to compete for funding. Embassy Niamey, with
strong support from the Ambassador, requests that this option be
revisited, with a view towards accommodating construction of a pool
without a cabana. Post could then pursue funding of a cabana at a
8. (U) Please confirm that no elevator will be required in this
building to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. As
part of the 2010 refurbishment project, an elevator is being
installed in the Chancery (Building A) to meet ADA requirements.
9. (U) Post thanks OBO for seeking input on the draft design plan
and looks forward to working with the Department on this project.
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