T&D World Magazine

Southern California Edison Selects Burns & McDonnell as Owner’s Agent for 350 Miles of New Electrical Transmission

Burns & McDonnell has been contracted by Southern California Edison (SCE) to act as Owner’s Agent on two major transmission projects that will bring much needed power to Southern California by 2009. The projects are:

  • Devers-Palo Verde No.2 (DPV2) consisting of 230 miles of 500 kV transmission line running from west of Phoenix to just north of Palm Springs, Calif. The line will run parallel to the existing Devers-Palo Verde No. 1 route. Also part of this project is a 40 plus mile section of 500 kV transmission line connecting SCE's Devers and Valley substations. These lines will bring power from the Southwestern United States to Southern California.

The Tehachapi Projects consist of approximately 80 miles of 220 kV and 500 kV transmission that will bring planned wind farm power from eastern Kern County and northern Los Angeles County to consumers. The Tehachapi Projects will be completed in three segments and also include construction of two new substations and modification to others.
As Owner’s Agent, Burns & McDonnell will prepare and manage several large EPC contracts for various segments and phases of the projects. The first EPC Request for Proposal will be sent out in March 2007. Construction is expected to start in late 2007.

"Through such projects as DPV#2 and Tehachapi, Southern California Edison will address the transmission congestion issue in southern California," said Gary Pence, vice president, Burns & McDonnell. "We appreciate the trust and confidence that SCE has shown in Burns & McDonnell by selecting our team to help relieve the constraints with these challenging projects."

Burns & McDonnell will manage the project from its San Diego office and will also establish several field offices for project control, environmental services and construction management.

"Our local presence and familiarity with California environmental requirements as well as California construction issues has positioned Burns & McDonnell for success in helping SCE deliver this major program," said Ross Pritchard, vice president and Burns & McDonnell San Diego office manager.

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