Burns & McDonnell, an international full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting services firm, announced today it has been awarded a program management role on two Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G) upcoming projects.
The company will provide coordinated management, planning and design services on behalf of PSE&G on two proposed large-scale electric transmission infrastructure improvements projects: the Southern Reinforcement Project and the Underground Transmission Initiative.
The Southern Reinforcement Project is comprised of 16 miles of underground 230 kilovolt transmission lines, 9.4 miles of new 230 kilovolt overhead transmission line, 12.4 miles of reconductored 230 kilovolt transmission line, and enhancements to 3 substations.
The Underground Transmission Initiative consists of 6 miles of new 230 kilovolt underground transmission line, various improvements at substation connections, as well as 14 reconductoring projects.
The Southern Reinforcement Project is located in Camden and Gloucester Counties of New Jersey, and the Underground Transmission Initiative is in the Greater Newark area.
The two projects, designed to significantly improve long-term electric reliability in New Jersey, have a total estimated project cost of $955.5 million. Burns & McDonnell's efforts have commenced, with construction anticipated to begin on both projects by the fourth quarter of 2012, with expected completion on the Southern Reinforcement Project in mid-2015 and the Underground Transmission Initiative during 2016.
"We are eager to play a key role in supporting PSE&G to deliver more reliable power to the residents and businesses of New Jersey," said Brett Williams, senior vice president and general manager for Burns & McDonnell's New England and Northeast Region. "We are confident that our proven experience on similar large-scale infrastructure improvements projects, combined with our employee-owners tireless efforts, will greatly contribute to the overall success of these projects."
Burns & McDonnell has committed to nearly 12,000 square feet of office space at Washington Plaza in Piscataway, NJ to support the project. As many as 40 employee-owners will be utilized throughout the duration of the project, with additional support stemming from the company's New England Regional Office located in Wallingford, CT.
Burns & McDonnell is currently serving in a Program Management role for several other large-scale infrastructure improvements projects throughout the Northeast including Northeast Utilities' New England East-West Solution (NEEWS) project spanning Western Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well as Central Maine Power's Maine Power Reliability Program which spans 75 communities from Eliot to Orrington, ME. The company has created over 150 full-time jobs throughout the Northeast over the past five years.