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POWER Engineers Designing Major Transmission Upgrades in Nebraska

August 2009

POWER Engineers has started work on a series of transmission upgrade projects for Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), headquartered in Columbus, Nebraska, with an estimated engineering price tag of approximately $23.3 million and a projected construction cost of approximately $200 million.

NPPD plans to build more than 140 miles of 345-kV and 115-kV transmission lines in locations around the state to connect new crude oil pumping stations, interconnect proposed wind farms, and continue to maintain reliability in NPPD’s system.

“We are currently in a rapidly evolving energy environment,” said Ed Wagner, NPPD’s vice president of customer services. “To ensure the continued reliable delivery of electric power to our customers, both wholesale and retail, and to meet regional high-voltage transmission grid requirements, we must have the appropriate resources available.”

The projects include two 115-kV transmission lines totaling approximately 15 miles to continue to provide system reliability and support economic growth in South Sioux City, Nebraska; the 40-mile Nebraska portion of an 185-mile 345-kV transmission line running between Axtell, Nebraska, and Spearville, Kansas, to strengthen the regional 345 kV transmission grid; 70 miles of 115-kV transmission lines in various locations in central and north-central Nebraska to power a series of new, crude oil pumping stations associated with the TransCanada Keystone XL crude oil pipeline; and approximately 15 miles of 115-kV transmission line to support proposed wind farms in Nebraska.

“POWER has a long history with NPPD,” said Bill Eisinger, POWER Engineers’ executive vice president and T&D division manager. “We appreciate the opportunity to support them again on these critical transmission projects and to help improve the security and reliability of the power delivery system in this region of the US.”

NPPD selected POWER Engineers to provide routing, surveying, permitting, engineering, right of way acquisition and construction management, which are scheduled to be completed by summer of 2012.

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About Nebraska Public Power District

NPPD’s mission is to safely generate and deliver low-cost reliable energy and provide outstanding customer service. Working in partnership with the state’s rural public power districts, cooperatives and municipalities, NPPD helps serve an estimated 1 million Nebraskans with retail or wholesale electric power and energy-related products and services. Click here  for more information about NPPD.

About POWER Engineers

POWER Engineers is a consulting engineering firm specializing in energy, facilities, communications, and environmental. Founded in 1976, POWER Engineers is an employee-owned company with offices throughout the United States and abroad.