PacifiCorp Awards Transmission Construction Contract

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PacifiCorp, a utility that serves the western U.S., has awarded a contract to build its Populus to Terminal 345 kV transmission project. The contract has been awarded to Populus-Terminal Transmission Partners A.J.V. – a partnership of Black & Veatch Construction Inc., Henkels & McCoy Inc. and Kiewit Western Co.

The joint venture will provide engineering, procurement and construction services for this transmission project, which is planned and permitted to deliver additional power into the region to meet the growing electrical needs of customers served by PacifiCorp's retail operating companies, Rocky Mountain Power and Pacific Power.

The Populus to Terminal segment consists of a new 345 kV substation to be built near Downey, Idaho, and a 135-mile, double-circuit 345 kV transmission line between the new substation and the existing Terminal substation near the Salt Lake City International Airport. The project will be built in several segments, beginning concurrently on the south and north ends of the project route.

Populus-Terminal Transmission Partners will be headquartered near Ogden, Utah. Preliminary site preparation work and material orders will begin this fall. Construction work will commence in early 2009, starting with the Ben Lomond to Terminal line segment from the southern Box Elder County line into Weber and Davis counties and, ultimately, Salt Lake County. On the north end, work will begin on the Idaho section of line and construction of the Populus substation. Property owners will be contacted by the contractor before any construction activities begin. Estimated completion is by year-end 2010.

SOURCE: Black & Veatch

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