This week, contractors working on Nebraska Public Power District’s Hoskins to Neligh 345,000-volt transmission line project will use a helicopter to begin stringing shield wire. Work will begin in a rural area on the west end of the line and progress east toward Norfolk. Project work will continue through May, when the line is scheduled to be energized.
“Safety is our number one priority,” said NPPD’s Project Manager Jedd Fischer. “The helicopter may draw some attention from motorists. We want to make people aware of what is going on so they may be less distracted and follow safe driving practices.”
When completed, the 39-mile, 345,000-volt line will run between NPPD’s Hoskins substation located southwest of Hoskins, Neb., to a new substation northeast of Neligh. In addition, four 115,000-volt transmission line segments totaling 20 miles are being built from the new substation to existing lines.
Fischer praised the safety culture exhibited throughout the project by Brink Constructors, Inc., of Rapid City, South Dakota, the construction contractor for the project. He also thanked area property owners for their cooperation.
“The cooperation of the many landowners we have worked with has been excellent and I look forward to that continuing,” Fischer commented.
This new transmission line will enhance operation of NPPD’s electric transmission system and provide additional opportunities for development of renewable energy projects. Specifically, this project will help serve customers’ electricity demands in north central Nebraska.