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Burns & McDonnell Wins Management Role for PSE&G Transmission Upgrade Projects

Burns & McDonnell has been awarded a program management role on two Public Service Electric & Gas Co. (PSE&G) projects. The company will provide coordinated management, planning and design services on behalf of PSE&G on two proposed large-scale electric transmission infrastructure improvements projects: the Southern Reinforcement Project and the Underground Transmission Initiative.

The Southern Reinforcement Project is comprised of 16 miles (26 km) of underground 230-kV transmission line, 9.4 miles (15 km) of new 230-kV overhead transmission line, 12.4 miles (20 km) of reconductored 230-kV transmission line and enhancements to three substations. The Underground Transmission Initiative consists of 6 miles (10 km) of new 230-kV underground transmission line, various improvements at substation connections as well as 14 reconductoring projects.

The Southern Reinforcement Project is located in Camden and Gloucester counties of New Jersey, and the Underground Transmission Initiative is in the Greater Newark, New Jersey, area.

The two projects, designed to significantly improve long-term electric reliability in New Jersey, have a total estimated project cost of US$955.5 million. Burns & McDonnell's efforts have commenced, with construction anticipated to begin on both projects by the fourth quarter of 2012, with expected completion on the Southern Reinforcement Project in mid-2015 and the Underground Transmission Initiative during 2016.

Burns & McDonnell has committed to nearly 12,000 sq ft (1,115 sq m) of office space at Washington Plaza in Piscataway, New Jersey, to support the project. As many as 40 employee-owners will be used throughout the duration of the project, with additional support stemming from the company's New England Regional Office located in Wallingford, Connecticut.

Burns & McDonnell is currently serving in a program management role for several other large-scale infrastructure improvements projects throughout the Northeast including Northeast Utilities' New England East-West Solution project and Central Maine Power's Maine Power Reliability Program.

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