The Omaha Public Power District Board of Directors has cleared the way for construction to begin early this month on the Nebraska portion of a new transmission project aimed at improving service reliability as well as relieving electric grid congestion in the region. The Midwest Transmission Project is a 180-mile high voltage transmission line that will eventually run from a substation at OPPD’s Nebraska City Station to a substation near Sibley, Missouri. OPPD is managing the Nebraska portion of the Midwest Transmission Project. Kansas City Power and Light (KCP&L) is managing the Missouri portion of the project.
At its regular monthly meeting, OPPD’s Board approved a contract for the labor to construct the 45 miles of 345 kilovolt (kV) line to be located in Nebraska. The contract in the amount of nearly $14.8 million also calls for rebuilding or relocating 23 miles of existing 69 kV line. The contract was awarded to Timberline Construction, Inc., of Rapid City, South Dakota. The work is expected to begin on or about June 1 and be completed by November 2016.
The contract was one of three involving the Midwest Transmission Project approved by the Board during its meeting in May. Directors also approved a contract in the amount of just over $2.4 million for labor to clear right-of-way vegetation and to install fences and gates needed for the project. That contract was awarded to Integrity Tree Service, LLC, of Grandville, Michigan. The last contract was for purchase of equipment to be installed in a substation at OPPD’s Nebraska City Power Station to help support the project. The equipment, priced at $849,259, is being purchased from CG Power Solutions USA in Latham, New York.
OPPD partnered with KCP&L to develop and construct the Midwest Transmission Project when the Southwest Power Pool, a regional transmission organization, determined the line is needed to meet increasing demand for electricity in the region, relieve congestion, improve reliability and advance renewable energy. The line is expected to be in service by summer of 2017.