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MPRP Nears Completion, On Schedule and On Budget

The Cianbro Irby Joint Venture has set the last new transmission structure on the Maine Power Reliability Program for Central Maine Power, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA.  Since the first structure was set in the fall of 2010, more than 5,000 structures have been installed between Orrington and Eliot, Maine, including nearly 2,800 poles that were set by the Cianbro Irby Joint Venture.  Cianbro crews have also built numerous new and expanded substations since construction started.

“This is a special moment for everybody involved,” said Sara Burns, president and CEO of CMP.  “I’m grateful to all of our employees and contractors who have worked for years to build a stronger, smarter grid for Maine. Thousands of workers and hundreds of Maine businesses have had a hand in this project over the past five years, and now we are in the homestretch. Their legacy will serve the region for generations.”

The MPRP will ensure the long-term reliability of CMP’s bulk power system. The project includes the construction of five new 345kV substations, one new 115kV substation, and related facilities linked by approximately 440 miles of new transmission lines. The new facilities will reinforce the backbone of the company’s 40-year-old bulk power system and improve reliability.

“The collaboration between the Cianbro Irby team, Central Maine Power and Burns & McDonnell, has been phenomenal,” said Cianbro Corporation President Andi Vigue.  “It has been a huge project that was dealt many challenges, and everybody collaborated well together to overcome those challenges, whether they were material-related or weather-related or whatever the issue.  We’re proud to have been selected to be a part of this project, the largest construction project ever build in the state of Maine.  We are also very proud to point out that the project is on schedule and on budget.” 

The project employed more than 2,700 people at the peak of construction, and a 2009 economic impact study projected that the MPRP would create as many as 900 more jobs through indirect and induced employment.

“It is significant that Iberdrola would invest so heavily in Maine, on behalf of the state’s economy and infrastructure,” said Andi.  “As for the performance of our Cianbro people, the team members continue to demonstrate that no matter what the task is, we’re able to focus, study it, plan it and execute extremely well.  One might have said that we didn’t have the credentials to do so big a job.  But our people proved that we could.  The substations team did extremely well as did our environmental team.  The quality of work is phenomenal.  The productivity was great.  Safety was a point of pride.  So, just as the overall Cianbro Irby team did very well, I think we at Cianbro can tip our hat to our fellow team members who performed so notably.”

Cianbro Irby will wrap up the work on the Central Loop of the MPRP in June.

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