Florida Power & Light Underground Lateral Hardening

Florida Power & Light Underground Lateral Hardening

Florida Power & Light Underground Lateral Hardening

Type: Distribution, Underground Design-Build
Scope: 3-year distribution overhead and underground maintenance.
Location: Bradenton, Florida
Client: Florida Power & Light

Severe weather events pose a significant risk to community electrical infrastructure. Local authorities in Florida have prioritized grid development strategies to offset this risk via the increased burial of electrical transmission lines. To this end, Florida Power and Light (FPL), an industry-leading energy utility serving over 10 million customers in Florida, has allocated resources exceeding $4 billion for new and upgraded underground electrical infrastructure throughout its service area, 47% of which is currently underground.

FPL contracted Irby in April 2019 to provide ongoing technical support services related to customer outreach, engineering design, construction, and maintenance of several of these underground assets. For its pilot community project, 100% homeowner approval was required to enable the diversion of above ground FPL lines using Irby’s conduit, HDPE, and pad-mounted underground equipment solutions. To avoid outages, the work was performed while energized, with one circuit route totaling ~1.6 miles of 13.8kV distribution line delivered within a 45-day work schedule and with zero lost-time incidents. Irby’s directional boring solution was ideally situated for the scope allowing for minimal excavation and environmental impact to residential properties.

With strong community support, Irby and FPL have already carried out 8 “Storm Secure” projects together in and around Sarasota and Manatee counties with planning underway for at least 85 additional deployments.

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Start Date: January 2019
Completion Date: December 2021

 

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Bozeman Road Distribution Project

Bozeman Road Distribution Project

Bozeman Road Distribution Project

Type: Distribution
Scope: Constructed 6.6 miles of 13.8kV distribution line.
Location: Madison, Mississippi
Client: Entergy Mississippi

In support of future energy demand near Madison and Hinds counties, Entergy Mississippi (450,000+ customers in 45 counties) contracted Irby in May of 2017 to deliver 3 additional circuit routes to the Bozeman Road 230kV radial substation. To avoid outages, the work was performed while energized, with circuit routes totaling 6.6 miles of 13.8kV distribution line.

The work was completed to schedule and with zero lost time incidents using Irby’s conduit, HDPE, and pad-mounted underground equipment. Irby’s directional boring solution was ideally situated for the Entergy scope allowing for minimal excavation and minimal impact to the surrounding site.

Start Date: May 2017
Completion Date: October 2017

 

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Port St. Joe-Callaway 230kV Transmission Line Upgrade Project

Port St. Joe-Callaway 230kV Transmission Line Upgrade Project

Port St. Joe-Callaway 230kV Transmission Line Upgrade Project

Type: Transmission
Scope: Performed the removal and rebuild of 34 miles of 230kV transmission line in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.
Location: Port St. Joe, Florida
Client: Duke Energy

Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States, providing electricity to 7.7 million retail customers in six states. In December 2018, Duke Energy contracted Irby to perform the removal and reconstruction of 34 miles of 230kV transmission line from Port St. Joe to Callaway in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.

The work scope was completed ahead of schedule in March 2019 with no injuries or environmental incidents with the assistance of several key subcontractors including Aldridge Electric, A&J Steel, HeliService Powerline Solutions, FireHawk Helicopters, ROW Masters, Probst Electric, and Thomasson Company.

Start Date: December 2018
Completion Date: March 2019

 

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Northeast 138kV Substation Upgrade Project

Northeast 138kV Substation Upgrade Project

Northeast 138kV Substation Upgrade Project

Type: Substation
Scope: 
Performed the demolition and reconstruction of a 138kV substation.
Location: Oolagah, Oklahoma
Client: American Electric Power Oklahoma Transmission Company

American Electric Power Oklahoma Transmission Company (“AEPOT”) (a subsidiary of American Electric Power), contracted Irby in November 2017 to demolish and reconstruct the 22 breaker 138kV Northeastern substation near Oolagah, Oklahoma. The project scope included the installation of two new 138kV bays, the transfer of existing lines, and demolition of the existing substation to phased AEPOT outage cadence. The Northeastern substation provides essential power to the Tulsa metropolitan area and all outages were executed to AEPOT schedule and with zero lost-time incidents.

Start Date: November 2017
Completion Date: November 2019

 

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Colton Lane Substation Upgrade Project

Colton Lane Substation Upgrade Project

Colton Lane Substation Upgrade Project

Type: Substation
Scope:
Constructed a 3000A capacity substation including installation of 138kV electrical bus work.
Location: Austin, Texas
Client: Lower Colorado River Authority

The Lower Colorado River Authority (“LCRA”) is a non-profit public utility providing water stewardship and energy to more than 70 counties throughout Texas. In July 2018, LCRA contracted Irby to upgrade the capacity of its 138kV Colton Lane Electrical Substation in southeast Travis County, Texas.

Constructed to serve the anticipated load growth of the Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative (Owners of 11,000+ miles of power lines across 14 counties), the Colton Lane substation was successfully upgraded by Irby to its newly rated 3000A capacity within a condensed LCRA schedule and with zero lost time incidents in September 2018.

Start Date: July 2018
Completion Date: September 2018

 

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