- Bergen Linden Corridor Project
Burns & McDonnell is providing program management services during Phase I of the $1.2 billion Bergen Linden Corridor (BLC) Project. The project scope includes the removal of the existing 138-kV circuits on 8.6 miles of right of way (ROW) and construction of 345-kV overhead transmission circuits in their place; 20.5 miles of new underground 345-kV XLPE circuits; reconductor 6.2 miles of existing 138-kV HPFF conductor to 345-kV. Switching station construction includes 10 switching station upgrades from 138-kV to 345-kV and one new 345-kV switching station. Several of the new 345-kV switching stations will use gas-insulated switchgear (GIS).
Ancillary projects include implementing PSE&G’s Energy Strong and Transmission Hardening programs. These programs involve elevating substation equipment to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood level plus one foot and will take place at nine of the 10 substations that are being upgraded.
- Project management
- Cost controls
- Document controls
- Contracting support
- Safety program management and field safety compliance oversight
PSE&G is not obtaining global project approval from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and has chosen to obtain local permits for the project. This makes the permitting process complex. PSE&G has committed to PJM Interconnection, the regional transmission organization, that the project will cost $1.2 billion. New requirements and scope changes have resulted in a base cost estimate of $1.1 billion without any risk or contingency. Meeting the $1.2 billion cost will be an extreme challenge for the project team.
The underground will utilize XLPE cable which will be the first XLPE transmission circuits on PSE&G’s system. Burns & McDonnell is providing project management, project controls, cost controls, scheduling, document controls, contracting support, safety program management and field safety compliance oversight.
345-kV Overhead Transmission Circuits
- Remove five existing 138-kV circuits and replace with six 345-kV circuits on 8.6 miles of existing ROW
- Total of 20 circuit miles of new 345-kV lines
Underground Transmission Circuits
- Bayway to Newark Airport – 3.5 miles of 345-kV XLPE
- North Avenue to Newark Airport – 1.4 miles of 345-kV XLPE
- Bayway to Bayonne – 9.1 miles of 345-kV XLPE
- North Avenue to Bayonne – 6.5 miles of 345-kV XLPE
- Bayway to North Avenue – Reconductor 2.7 miles existing 138-kV HPFF to 345-kV HPFF
- Bayonne to Marion – Reconductor 3.5 miles existing 138-kV HPFF to 345-kV HPFF
One New 345-kV Substation
- Newark Airport (GIS)
10 Switching Station Upgrades (138-kV to 345-kV)
- Bergen (GIS)
- North Bergen
- Marion (GIS)
- Jersey City
- Bayonne (possible GIS)
- North Avenue (possible GIS)
- Bayway (GIS)