Minden, Neb. – Representatives from Nebraska Public Power District met today with area elected officials, community, businesses and industry leaders in Minden and Franklin. The focus of the meetings was to introduce the construction contractor hired to build NPPD’s Axtell to Kansas Electric Transmission Line Project and provide project updates.
NPPD’s new 345,000-volt power line will run from a substation near Axtell, east toward Minden and then south to the Nebraska/Kansas state border at a location generally halfway between Franklin and Riverton. Construction on the 53-mile project is scheduled to begin in mid-October, with an in-service date of December 2012.
The Axtell to Kansas Project is needed for two primary reasons: to help keep electric rates low and to enhance reliability of the electric system. When completed, the new transmission line will allow NPPD to more efficiently operate its western Nebraska power generating resources which will result in savings for ratepayers. Also, the new line will develop an additional north/south path for energy (only one such pathway currently exists in western Nebraska).
At the outreach meetings, NPPD introduced employees from Brink Constructors, Inc., of Rapid City, S.D. The NPPD Board of Directors awarded Brink the construction contract for the project in August. The price tag for the contract was $11.3 million. Information was also presented at the meetings about the current status of the project. Traffic safety and public involvement were also stressed.
Scheduled construction milestones:
- Tree clearing – begins Sept. 2011
- Material delivery – begins Oct. 2011
- Foundation digging – begins Nov. 2011
- Structure erection – begins May 2012
- Construction complete – Oct. 2012
Construction activities are planned to begin near Axtell and then generally work toward the Nebraska/Kansas state line (north to south). The public was asked to drive carefully and be aware of increased truck traffic around construction areas.
NPPD also noted that there is a field office in Minden to provide service to the area related to the Axtell to Kansas Project. The office is located at 528 N. Minden Avenue. To contact the office, phone (308)832-1208.