Two storm damaged lines back in operation

May 14, 2014

Two transmission lines damaged in Sunday’s storms were restored Tuesday.

Preliminary costs for restoration is $16.9 million for all four lines work.

The Sutton to Hastings Energy Center 115-kV line, which had two structures down, was re-energized at mid-afternoon Tuesday. The Davey to Wahoo 115 kV line, which had three structures damaged, was re-energized at mid-morning Tuesday.

NPPD crews are setting poles on the McCool Geneva section and contractor crews will continue to remove damaged lines and poles before restoration work can begin on the McCool-Mark Moore section:

  • McCool to Hallam 345 kV line- 99 wood structures and two steel structures were damaged covering approximately 15 miles. Preliminary estimates to return the line to service are six to eight weeks. Initial work includes removal of damaged structures and wire.
  • Geneva to McCool 115kV line- 39 structures were damaged, restoration work has begun and the line is expected to be restored this weekend.

NPPD distribution crews restored power to the electric distribution system in Sutton and are expected to complete all their work by the end of the day Wednesday. NPPD had moved a mobile generator into Sutton Monday that was removed after the Sutton substation was returned to service yesterday afternoon.

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