NYPA awards $93 M in on-call construction contracts

New York City, US: The New York Power Authority Board of Trustees approved the award of on-call construction contracts, totaling $93 M, to four firms for the installation of new digital communication systems on NYPA transmission lines, improving the efficiency and reliability of the New York State electricity system.

The contract supports NYPA’s multiphase Communications Backbone initiative, first announced in 2017, which involves the installation of fiber optic cables and other communications systems connecting NYPA’s 16 power generating facilities, 253 km (1,400 miles) of transmission infrastructure, the White Plains office and the Integrated Smart Operations Center.

The NYPA Board of Trustees today approved the five-year contract to four firms: J.W. Didado Electric LLC of Akron, Ohio; Henkels & McCoy Inc. of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania; M10, Inc (Michels Corporation) of Neenah, Wisconsin; and PAR Electrical Contractors Inc. of Kansas City, Missouri.

The Communications Backbone initiative is replaces legacy leased communication circuits with new infrastructure that will increase the bandwidth available as more digital assets and sensors come online via a concurrent sensor deployment program aimed at adding about 100,000 data points—or units of information—for monitoring NYPA equipment.

When the Communications Backbone initiative is complete, the New York Power Authority will have a dedicated, robust, secure and scalable communication network connecting all its facilities. The network will replace previous technology, increase the quantity and quality of available information on NYPA’s physical assets, and communicate potential equipment problems remotely. The initiative, which is estimated to cost approximately $153 M in total, will lead to better analytics and improved operations and business decisions.

Source: T&D World