KUA Board Awards Contracts for Utility Poles

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., Feb. 7, 2007 – The Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) board of directors on Wednesday approved two contracts totaling $1.4 million for the purchase of utility poles to support transmission and distribution lines associated with a new electric substation in Osceola County.

The contracts include the purchase of steel and concrete poles to be used for two 69,000/13,200-volt overhead power line circuits, totaling 5.5 miles in length, which will link the utility’s existing electrical grid to its new Pleasant Hill Substation.

The contract for steel poles, totaling $380,237, was awarded to Memphis, Tenn.-based Thomas & Betts Corp. The poles are direct embedded tubular steel poles that stand approximately 90 feet above the ground.

A separate $1 million contract for spun concrete poles was awarded to Omaha, Neb.-based Valmont-Newmark. The poles range in height from 40-90 feet above the ground.

All the new poles meet and exceed extreme wind loading standards prescribed by the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) and adopted by the Florida Public Service Commission. These contracts are part of KUA’s ongoing effort to improve the durability and resilience of its electric grid to protect it from future hurricanes and severe storms.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-7777 x 1116