New River Electrical Corporation is a nationwide, 100% employee-owned electrical contractor dedicated to exceeding the high voltage construction and maintenance needs of our electrical utility and industrial customers.
New River Electrical Corporation is living it's vision and has grown into a fully diversified company serving the needs of customers in the Mid-West, Mid-Atlantic, and nationally on large specialty, and design/build work.
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New federally mandated regulations passed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warranted an upgrade to existing coal-fired substations. New River Electrical was selected to update the infrastructure of three separate substations in the region to meet regulations and maintain service to area customers.
In order to comply with new federally mandated regulations passed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the decision was made to shut down coal-fired power stations in West Virginia. Additional work on existing infrastructure was required to maintain service to area customers. The work included to be performed was awarded to New River Electrical under our existing blanket contract with AEP. This work included the Mountaineer, Sporn, and Kanawha River Substations.
New River completed this vital project that powers the new 1.5 million square foot Music City Center in Nashville. The designs of this project required the installation through a 3,300 foot tunnel with challenges of a 60 foot vertical shaft on one end and a 150 foot vertical shaft on the other. New River’s ability and specialty equipment allowed the installation from end to end pulls with no issues.
New River Electrical Corporation has recently participated in rehabilitation of the TNT plant located inside the Radford Army Ammunitions Plant. The TNT plant has not been in operation since the mid-1980s. It is the only plant in the United States capable of producing TNT. The majority of the rehabilitation has taken place in 2004 and 2005. It was an estimated cost of $130 million total of all trades to complete the rehabilitation.
The Radford Army Ammunitions Plant is the nation’s largest manufacturer of propellant. It was build at the beginning of World War II. The plant is still owned by the government but today is operated by a civilian contractor. The plant is well spread over its 6,800 acres and employees over 1000 workers today.
New River Electrical completed the 2.4 mile circuit utilizing 230kV 3200kcmil XPLE lead sheath cable. This project is yet another landmark project for the US market. The installation of a 4600 foot length of cable under the Patuxent River was the challenge of this project and the proving ground for solid dielectric cable installations. Cable reel weights (138,900 lbs.) and sizes (13’4” Tall x 18’ wide) were challenges successfully overcome.
This project was driven by the need to establish a new 138kV circuit between two substations utilizing only existing right of way. This was done by converting two existing single circuit transmission lines to double circuit lines.
The overall project consisted of two distinct separate rebuilds of nearly 7.5 miles of new 138kV single and double circuit transmission line that totaled 53 structures, 26 of which were on concrete pier foundations. The overhead division worked closely with our substation division who were tasked with the associated station work. This collaboration allowed New River Electrical to successfully navigate a very complex project schedule.
The project was a major undertaking which included multiple tight outage windows, close coordination with substation, and heavy construction through a rough winter and spring. In spite of the aggressive schedule and other complexities New River Electrical completed the project on time.
This project was one of the most complex and challenging to be undertaken by New River Electrical Corporation’s Substation Division. The location was an existing 500kV GIS substation located on the tenth story roof of a pump storage hydro station. The compact site was only 40ft wide by 125ft long. The assignment was to completely replace five 500kV GIS breakers and all their associated GIS ring bus, PT’s, CT’s, GOAB switches, ground switches, control wiring, control cabinets, and support steel. All of this was to be accomplished during sequential bus section outages with no generation outage.
The schedule mandated working two shifts with many complex crane lifts and rigging maneuvers in order to place the new equipment within the close confines of the work site, all the while maintaining the required close 4mm alignment tolerances necessitated by the GIS equipment specifications. The project was successfully completed on time and under budget through the fall of 2005 and spring of 2006.
New River Electrical provides Underground Residential Distribution (URD) services to residents of a metropolitan area in Ohio as well as surrounding areas since 1986.
In that time we have provided thousands of man hours of support to the contract. In 2014, over 104,000 man hours were utilized. The proven, capable work of New River Electrical on this contract begat contracts for house services in central, southern, and eastern Ohio since 1989 and the network of a major metropolitan region in Ohio since 2000. In 2014, New River Electrical, based on work performed in these contracts, was awarded the opportunity to provide cable injection services to the greater central Ohio region.
This includes major rebuilds, re-conductors, pole replacements, switch and pole ground maintenance. This contract is a very important piece of our overhead group. High risk, complex being in the city; more customers, congestion, high load, physically busy. NRE was brought back due to safety performance.
This project includes the installation of a new OPGW and the replacement of 21 wood structures on an existing AB 69kV Line. Terrain was the biggest challenge to overcome on this project. Completing construction on very steep slopes, rocky terrain, soft ground due to a particularly wet spring make this project a challenge; however, the professional, safety-conscience crews were on task and completed the project on time for the customer.
Through this project, an additional 600 megawatts of electricity was delivered to southwest Connecticut and the surrounding region. This became a landmark project for the conservative U.S. market. The 345kV XLPE circuit was one of the first U.S. installations of 345kV solid-dielectric cables installed in a duct bank with splices. It was also the longest length installed at the time. This 2.1 parallel circuit demonstrated the viability and reliability of extra high voltage technology and paved the way for future extra high voltage projects.
New River Electrical is in the process of completing the first 500kV XLPE cable pull in the United States. This project consists of a 120,000 feet of 500kV XLPE cable and support for installation of 42 joints and 12 outdoor terminations.
230kV Submarine Cable Transmission Project, San Francisco CA
San Francisco, CA
New River Electrical was tasked with pulling six shore landings at the north and south end of three separate 230kV XLPE submarine cables, three miles in length. The cable pulls were approximately 1,600 feet from a barge on the San Francisco Bay into transition vaults on shore.
230kV XLPE River Crossing Transmission Project, California MD
New River Electrical completed the installation of 39,072 feet of 230kV XLPE cable and support for installation of six outdoor terminations and 15 joints. This project proved challenging as the cable route included a 4,600 foot HDD river crossing. New River Electrical met the challenge head on and completed the project on time.
New River Electrical was tasked with the conversion of an overhead line to an underground solution including the removal of 1,286 feet of cable and the installation of 6,507 feet of 115kV XLPE cable and support for installation of six outdoor terminations.
New River Electrical Corp played a vital role in the power restoration efforts following Hurricane Irma. Florida Power and Light was confronted with a daunting restoration effort after losing service to over 4 million customers. New River Electrical deployed 32 Ohio-based distribution line crews to assist the customer.
In total, NRE employees worked over 30,000 man-hours restoring power throughout southern Florida from West Palm Beach to Naples. While coping with the hostile Florida heat and working rigorous 16-hour days, NRE line crews worked safely and returned home injury free on September 25th, 2017.