Building a substation

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QUINCY – The Port of Quincy is building two electrical power substations in 2017.

The substations, Quincy Plains and Cloudview, are both being constructed as part of a new process adopted by the Grant PUD to have substations designed and built to PUD specifications to save time.

Grant PUD Customer Service Director Andrew Munro said officials decided to use the “design-build” system as a way to speed up the process. The utility has had a construction backlog extending up to five years to finish substation projects.

The new system is projected to reduce construction time for projects to about 18 months.

Both the Quincy Plains and Cloudview substations are being constructed to serve one industrial customer each. The Quincy Plains station will be a standalone station, while Cloudview will have additional room for two more industrial customers, Munro said.

The port did not disclose who might use the substations.

Construction for both stations is expected to begin by November and be completed by August of 2017.

The PUD is refurbishing the two existing substations at Babcock and Winchester to improve reliability later this year.

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