Final pieces moving into place for Stegall transmission line project

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - Construction of a Nebraska Public Power District high voltage transmission line to Scottsbluff may be complete, but it will be a few more weeks before the power starts flowing.

NPPD says the 115,000 volt line from Stegall to Scottsbluff is complete, but it will likely be August before the system can be energized. The utility is now awaiting equipment for the Stegall substation, one piece of which moved through Scottsbluff Wednesday. The transport of that particular piece of equipment delayed traffic and required the movement of utility lines and traffic control signals due to the size of the load.

The project, which also includes a short 345,000 volt line to the Basin Electric Power Cooperative's existing Stegall substation, is expected to enhance system reliability in the Panhandle. The project will also meet the North American Electric Reliability Corporation's standards for western Nebraska.

Over the next few weeks, NPPD officials will work with landowners to settle damages cause by line construction activities.