Company leaders are pleased to announce that Cianbro has been awarded a significant portion of the $524 million transmission upgrade to be completed in central and southern Maine on behalf of Central Maine Power Company, and CMP's parent company, Iberdrola USA. The Maine Power Reliability Program represents the largest transmission construction project in the state's history. Overall, MPRP will provide $1.54 billion worth of upgrades that will modernize CMP's bulk power system. Five new 345-kilovolt substations and related facilities are part of the modernization program, which will be linked by more than 400 miles of new transmission lines. Cianbro was awarded the contracts on all five substations earlier this year. The company will tackle the central loop section of the project alongside Irby Construction of Jackson, Mississippi as an integrated 50/50 joint venture partner.
"This will be a very exciting project for Cianbro across the next four and a half years," said Senior Vice President Mac Cianchette.
Cianbro Corporation President Andi Vigue, and Cianbro Companies Chairman and CEO Pete Vigue reiterated that the company will use Maine people to accomplish the multi-year project, an approach that will provide significant economic benefits for the local economy. It is also a job on an unprecedented scale for Cianbro. MPRP is the largest project in the vicinity of Cianbro's home office in the company's history. "This means a continuous flow of backlog for the company in the Maine area for several years," said Andi Vigue.
The MPRP project has its roots in regional power outages that occurred as far back as 2003. After studies determined that the decades-old grid was inadequate for modern demand, CMP sought and received approval for the upgrade from regional regulators.