Sargent & Lundy LLC announced that it has signed a contract with PPL Electric Utilities to provide transmission line engineering services for the Susquehanna-Roseland Project.

The Susquehanna-Roseland power line project will help ensure continued safe and reliable electric service for customers in eastern and northeastern Pennsylvania and throughout the region. PJM Interconnection, the independent company that operates the electric power grid for a 13-state region including Pennsylvania, has determined that this power line is needed by May 2012 to avoid overloading existing power lines – a situation that could lead to customers not having electricity when they need it the most. The proposed route for the 500-kV line runs north from Berwick, PA, past Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, then east to Hawley and southeast to Bushkill, where it crosses the Delaware River.

Sargent & Lundy’s scope of work includes development of the design basis document, preliminary engineering to support constructability reviews, detailed transmission line design, permitting support, development of material specifications, preparation of construction packages, and engineering support during construction.

PPL Electric Utilities submitted its application for the project to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on January 6, 2009. Engineering will be completed in stages for the various line segments to support a project schedule with an in-service date for the total Project in mid-2012.