Bechtel to Build Offshore Electricity Transmission System; Toby Seay Comments

BechtelLogoBechtel has won a contract to design and build an electricity transmission system off the coast of New Jersey, the company said Thursday.

The company said construction will start in 2016 and the system is scheduled to start providing power in 2019.

Transmission developer Trans-Elect is leading the New Jersey Energy Link project with equity support from Bregal Energy, Google, Marubeni and Elia.

According to Bechtel, this future system will be the country’s first-ever offshore electricity transmission system.

Toby Seay, president of Bechtel’s transmission business line, said the company will partner with local businesses and hire local workers for the project.

Bechtel will engineer and install onshore transmission lines. substations, two onshore converter stations and two offshore converter stations.

The company will also lead offshore installation of high-voltage direct current converter technology and HVDC cables, intended to span the length of New Jersey and carry 3,000 megawatts of electricity.

Alstom will act as equipment supplier for the New Jersey Energy Link project, the first phase of the multi-year Atlantic Wind Connection offshore wind transmission project.

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