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Rochester Area Reliability Project (RARP) and Ginna Retirement Transmission Alternative (GRTA)

Rochester, New York

Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation (RG&E) is proposing upgrades at two bulk power stations associated with the GRTA. The scope of the project includes work at three bulk power stations: installation of a new 4th and 5th 345kV Bay, three sets of 345kV cable transformer feeds, three new 448 MVA transformers, ten 115kV cable feeders, 115kV GIS and a control building. In addition, the scope of work requires: 345kV general upgrades, 115kV air insulated gear removals, replacement of a 115kV breaker, and 18 miles of underground cable upgrades to 34kV and 11kV circuits. Kenny Construction Company (KCC) provided professional resources to the Client responsible for tasks required by the New York State Article VII and Joint Proposal including: project/program management, construction management, field construction management (civil and electric), environmental inspection, safety monitoring, safety inspecting, QA/QC monitoring, project engineering, agricultural inspecting, document control management, contract management and material coordination/expediting.

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The Challenge

Both the RARP and GRTA projects were monitored by the NYS Department of Public Service, the RARP is a New York State Article VII project requiring additional oversight and specific experience with Article VII projects.  The GRTA is not an Article VII project however it was monitored by the NYS DPS as it was related to on going rate making discussions between a regional generator and Rochester Gas & Electric.  The GRTA was on an accelerated schedule and deemed “the most important project within Iberdrola” globally.

The Solution

Kenny Construction brought several key resources to the customer which possessed the requisite experience and credentials to staff NYS Article VII projects.  Additionally KCC was able to seamlessly transition between the large RARP and GRTA programs with the onsite staff to ensure both projects could progress as required by AVANGRID.  KCC was able to scale resources as required by AVANGRID to provide just in time staffing for the various phases of the project.   At one of the stations there were up to 90 contractors working at once to complete the project in the needed timeline. KCC staffed as many as 25 staff members at up to eight work sites.  Lastly due to internal changes with AVANGRID personnel, KCC was able to fill roles not originally in their scope to ensure project continuity as several project managers transitioned to other responsibilities or left the company.

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AVANGRID
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2014-2017
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