The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA, Portland, Oregon, U.S.) has selected the team of Duke Energy-Energy Delivery Services (DE-EDS, Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.) and Henkels & McCoy (Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, U.S.) to furnish and install high-voltage transmission lines in the Pacific Northwest. The U.S. Department of Energy is funding the work.

Under the five-year contract, the team will construct several new or modified lines of various voltages, primarily 230 kV to 500 kV. The initial project consists of about 9 miles (14 km) of new single-circuit 500-kV power line, along with an ADSS fiber-optic communications cable.

Energization of this specific line is scheduled for December 2002. Two larger 500-kV projects have been defined and scheduled for construction in 2003 and 2004. BPA is planning line construction projects and may award them under this contract in the future.

Under the agreement with DE-EDS, Henkels & McCoy is responsible for all facets of line construction, from tower builds to wire installation. As prime contractor, Duke will concentrate on total project management, material procurement and logistics, right-of-way clearing, construction oversight and overall quality assurance.
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