West Vernon 500-kV Switching Station

West Vernon 500-kV Switching Station

Location: Alabama

Client: Alabama Power Company

Completion Date: 2002

Alabama Power's West Vernon Switching Station was a joint venture EPC project between Burns & McDonnell/New River Electrical. The project consisted of adding a new 500-kV, 4-bay, breaker-and-half switchyard to handle the capacity from new generating facilities on a site that fell 60 feet west to east. This grade was not conducive to developing a switching station in an area already populated with existing transmission line structures. Before crewmembers leveled the grade, they removed a tower that connected to an active transmission line, so more room was made for new structures. To ensure that electrical service to customers remained uninterrupted, Burns & McDonnell designed a dead-end structure for this line. Once the line was terminated on the structure, the tower was removed and the grade was leveled. The station was energized one month ahead of schedule.

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