Utility Awards $6.6M in Contracts for Poles, Line Construction

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., May 2, 2007 – The Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) board of directors on Wednesday approved two contracts totaling $6.6 million for the purchase of utility poles and construction of a transmission line associated with a new electric substation in Osceola County.

The contract for steel poles, totaling $710,109, was awarded to Omaha, Neb.-based Valmont-Newmark. The poles are direct embedded tubular steel poles that stand 105 feet above the ground and will be used to replace existing poles as part of the Neptune Road widening project.

All the new poles exceed extreme wind loading standards prescribed by the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) and adopted by the Florida Public Service Commission. This contract is 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.

A separate $5.9 million contract for transmission line construction was awarded to Titusville, Fla.-based Southeast Power Corporation. The project will consist of two 69,000-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 is based on crews working both days and nights to minimize disruption for motorists on Pleasant Hill Road.

Over the past ten years, KUA’s expansion and system improvement projects have totaled more than $85 million. These combined efforts allowed the utility to offer its customers a near perfect service reliability rating of 99.987 percent in 2006.

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) 933-9836