Agreements with contractors, material suppliers secured for Northern Pass project

Eversource Energy’s (NYSE:ES) Northern Pass Transmission LLC said on April 21 that it has secured agreements with a team of contractors and material suppliers that will execute the engineering, design and construction of the Northern Pass transmission line once the project receives state and federal permits.

The company said that the estimated $1.6bn project, which is in the process of securing state and federal permits, involves a 192-mile, high-voltage transmission line that will connect New Hampshire and the New England electric grid to 1,090 MW of hydropower generated in Canada.

A company spokesperson told TransmissionHub on April 21 that the project requires siting approval by the state of New Hampshire, as well as a Presidential Permit by the federal government. While the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee considers the state permitting, the U.S. Department of Energy is developing its final environmental impact statement, which is necessary for the Presidential Permit, he said, adding that some aspects of the project also require review and approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Forest Service.

“The project’s current schedule anticipates construction beginning in early 2017 and the line operational in" mid-2019, the spokesperson said.

Bill Quinlan, president of Eversource Operations in New Hampshire, said in the statement, “Securing agreements with these contractors now puts Northern Pass in a strong position to begin the construction phase as soon as all permits are secured.”

The company said that project construction partners include:

  • Quanta Services subsidiary PAR Electrical Contractors, which will serve as the general contractor for the project, responsible for overall project management, schedule and cost control, coordinating the work of all contractors and material suppliers, and procuring materials as needed. PAR will build all overhead portions of the lines, build all substations and transition stations, install the duct bank, and do the horizontal directional drilling on the underground segments of the line
  • Burns and McDonnell Engineering Company, which has been working with Northern Pass since the early stages of the project’s development, and will continue to be engaged as part of the project team
  • ABB, which will engineer and fabricate the underground DC cable and the converter station in Franklin, as well as equipment at the Deerfield substation required to support interconnecting the Northern Pass line to the regional electric grid
  • Quanta Services subsidiary M.J. Electric LLC, which will work with ABB to engineer and build the converter station

The company noted that it has secured prices on all significant materials and equipment that will be used to build the overhead and underground portions of the line. The company also said that Eversource is partnering with local non-union contractors and electrical workers’ unions to help build and maintain more than $2bn in proposed energy projects throughout New Hampshire, including Northern Pass.

Among other things, the company said that in the coming months, Northern Pass and its contractors will host events throughout New Hampshire that will provide local subcontractors an opportunity to discuss the general construction approach for the project, including the sequencing of the work, what local skills and resources will be required, and how the hiring process will occur. The company said that the project would create 2,600 jobs during construction, including logging, excavating, trucking, electrical utility work, paving, fencing and landscaping.

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Corina Rivera-Linares, chief editor for TransmissionHub, has covered the U.S. power industry for the past 15 years. Before joining TransmissionHub, Corina covered renewable energy and environmental issues, as well as transmission, generation, regulation, legislation and ISO/RTO matters at SNL Financial. She has also covered such topics as health, politics, and education for weekly newspapers and national magazines. She can be reached at clinares@endeavorb2b.com.