The Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) board of directors has awarded a $5.6 million contract to Alstom Grid, Inc. for major equipment related to the construction of a new electric substation in downtown Kissimmee, FL. The award is contingent on negotiation of a satisfactory contract.

The contract includes furnishing and installing high-voltage switchgear, distribution transformers and a shielded power cable that will interface with the switchgear. 

The $17.2 million substation, a Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6) gas insulated design, will replace the utility’s existing Power Plant substation which was constructed in the 1970s. Unlike the open-air design of the current substation, much of the new substation and supporting equipment will be housed inside a building to minimize the visual impact.

The substation will serve downtown Kissimmee and its business district.

Founded in 1901, KUA is Florida's sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.