Willbros Group, Inc. announced that two units of its Utility T&D segment have been awarded transmission construction projects in Texas.

Willbros T&D was awarded a contract by New Braunfels Utilities to remove 3.1 mi of existing line and install approximately 3.8 mi of new line. The project is scheduled to begin in February and will be completed by the end of May.

Additionally, Xcel Energy Services Inc., on behalf of its operating company, Southwestern Public Service Co., awarded Chapman Construction, a division of Willbros, the first 104 mi of a 200-mi, single circuit 345-kV transmission line project in the Texas Panhandle. Construction on the project is scheduled to commence towards the end of the second quarter with wire installation in the last half of 2013.

Randy Harl, President and Chief Executive Officer, remarked, "We are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with New Braunfels Utilities and Xcel Energy to support their reliability and expansion efforts. These awards demonstrate progress towards our strategy to expand our transmission capabilities and presence in Texas and the surrounding states. We are seeing increased opportunities for both high and low voltage transmission construction and these project awards position us to obtain additional work in this region."

Willbros Group, Inc. is an independent contractor serving the oil, gas, power, refining and petrochemical industries, providing engineering, construction, turnaround, maintenance, life-cycle extension services and facilities development and operations services to industry and government entities worldwide.

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