Firm selected for major PSE&G transmission project

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Burns & McDonnell has been selected by New Jersey-based Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) to serve as program manager for design and construction of a new 500-kilovolt (kV) transmission line running from Roseland, N.J., to Susquehanna, Pa., and a rebuild of an existing 230-kV transmission line along the same route. Burns & McDonnell also will serve as program manager for PPL Electric Utilities for that portion of the project that crosses into Eastern Pennsylvania.

Under terms of the PSE&G contract, Burns & McDonnell will provide comprehensive program management of all engineering design, construction, procurement, geotechnical services, right-of-way acquisition, public information and outreach and testing and commissioning services.

The Susquehanna-Roseland 230-kV/500-kV Transmission Line Project will include construction of 46 miles of new 500-kV transmission lines and a rebuild of an existing 230-kV transmission line. The project will follow the entire 45-mile existing right-of-way through 15 communities in New Jersey and then will then cross into Eastern Pennsylvania in territory served by PPL Electric Utilities, where it will end in Susquehanna, Pa. The project will also include new switching stations in Jefferson, N.J., and East Hanover, N.J.

Project design is currently underway to determine the location and type of all new structures to be built, along with placement of access roads and other construction features. The construction phase of the project is expected to begin after final regulatory approval and will last approximately 30 months.

The project will ensure continued reliability of electrical service in Northern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania and provide increased transmission capacity to accommodate economic growth in the region. A recent planning study revealed that 23 circuits were projected to be overloaded within 15 years if the transmission capacity for the region is not improved.

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