Maine Power Reliability Program

Client: Central Maine Power Co.
Completion Date: 2015
Location: Maine


Burns & McDonnell provided transmission line design, routing and construction management for 437.5 miles of new or rebuilt 345-kV and 115-kV transmission lines, as well as the substation design, construction management and interface connections for five new substations and eight substation expansions. As part of the contract for program management services, Burns & McDonnell also provided planning, scheduling, procurement, environmental monitoring, document and project controls, and stakeholder management solutions for the Maine Power Reliability Program (MPRP).

The program traverses approximately 75 communities; the proposed new lines and facilities were needed to alleviate congestion and strengthen the reliability of the power grid throughout the region.


  • Program management
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Planning
  • Permitting
  • Community relations
  • Safety
  • Engineering review
  • Cost controls
  • Document controls
  • Scheduling
  • Procurement
  • Real estate
  • Construction management


  • 184 miles of new 345-kV transmission line
  • 105.5 miles of new 115-kV transmission line
  • 5 miles of rebuilt 345-kV transmission line
  • 140 miles of rebuilt 115-kV transmission line
  • Five new substations (Benton, Windsor, Monmouth, Lewiston and Cumberland) and six major substation upgrades
  • Four new autotransformers
  • More than 40 ancillary substation upgrades