While utilities in central Nebraska work to repair their storm-ravaged power lines, Omaha Public Power District's Board of Directors yesterday took another step to strengthen its electrical transmission system. The board authorized management to issue a contract for the labor to build a 345,000-V transmission line stretching from south of Nebraska City to southwest of Lincoln. The new line is necessary to connect to the power grid a new generating plant being built south of Nebraska City.

The contract will be awarded to Brink Constructors, Inc., of Rapid City, South Dakota, for $7,684,653.80. Construction will begin this year and is scheduled to be finished in May 2008.

In other action at its monthly meeting, the Board:

  • authorized the purchase of four reactor coolant pump mechanical seal refurbishment kits from FlowServe Corporation of Irving, Texas, for $746,812.
  • authorized management to negotiate for the design, fabrication and delivery of spare pressurizer heaters.
  • approved Bank Surety Bond and Pledged Securities covering the District’s deposits.
  • approved a compensation adjustment for a corporate officer.
  • elected Board Officers.