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Underground High Voltage Cable Network is an Affordable Solution - Providence, RI

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 05, 2014

Underground high voltage cable networks in Providence, RI serve as an effective alternative to the aerial cables or overhead lines for various reasons, particularly for critical concerns. Overhead lines represent a majority of transmission throughout the world, but they are often considered unattractive in selected environments that are esthetically sensitive. Nowadays, underground cable systems continue to be implemented in congested, high-profile areas where installation of such is more profitable or practical.

Installing cables underground allows for efficient transmission across densely populated areas. And because these cables are located below the ground, they are less prone to damage from severe weather conditions such as strong wind, snow and lightning. As a result, interruptions may be less frequent. Underground high voltage cable network installation can also be considered for reducing the range of electromagnetic fields or EMF emission above ground that can cause negative effects on health.

Cable utilization practices have been rapidly changing through time with respect to configurations of systems and methods of installation. The benefits you get from the design, installation, and construction methods used in underground high voltage cable networks outweigh the technical and cost issues of these cables. They create a system that has been engineered to be reliable and durable and that functions at substantially lower cost.

To determine if underground high voltage cable networks are a better option than overhead lines, contact ElecComm.

National Grid Electrical Infrastructure Upgrades will Increase Reliability for Cape Ann Communities

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, December 13, 2012

The project will improve service for more than 20,000 customers in six north shore towns National Grid has announced that an $11 million dollar electrical infrastructure improvement project is under way that will result in improved electrical service reliability for the communities of Essex, Hamilton, Gloucester, Manchester by the Sea, Rockport and Wenham, Mass.

The company is upgrading 15 miles of underground cable systems that will add capacity to our distribution system as well as add system redundancy in the event of a power outage. “A top priority at National Grid is to provide safe and reliable service to customers and businesses in the communities we serve,” said Marcy Reed, president, National Grid, MA.“Continuous investment in our infrastructure is vital to help reduce the occurrence of power outages and assure that we have capacity on the system to allow for economic growth. We want our customers to know we are here for them, delivering energy solutions in projects like this so they can have the service we know they expect.”

The project consists of the installation of new underground cable in the existing manhole and duct system that runs through Beverly, Manchester by the Sea and Gloucester. Work crews will be installing the cable at locations along route 127 in Manchester, and on Magnolia Avenue, Essex Avenue, Western Avenue and Main Street in Gloucester. In addition to the installation of new cable, the company will be upgrading existing equipment in its substations in Beverly, Manchester and Gloucester that will further enhance the reliability of the system and improve restoration times during outages.

National Grid has hired ElecComm (ECC) to work on the project. ElecComm is one of the largest underground and overhead voltage electric and communications line construction companies in New England.

“We are thrilled to be working with National Grid on this highly sensitive project while upgrading underground cable and improving power reliability for its cities and towns in the Cape Ann area,” said Sean Martin EVP, ElecComm Corporation. “One of ElecComm’s core values is health and safety and we will ensure our team works in a safe environment, while protecting the public and working in unison with local communities.”

National Grid began work on the infrastructure upgrades in September and to date, has completed 20 percent of the project. The project is scheduled for completion on June 1, 2013.

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