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Entergy New Orleans’ $30M transmission system upgrade enters 2nd phase

Upgrades in New Orleans to begin soon. (FOX 8 Photo) Upgrades in New Orleans to begin soon. (FOX 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

The second phase of Entergy New Orleans' $30 million upgrade to the city's electric power transmission system begins Oct. 5 and it's expected to be completed by March 2016.

According to our partners at NewOrleansCityBusiness, workers will begin replacing overhead transmission lines in the Carrollton/Hollygrove area, including those along Cambronne Street and along outer portions of the Xavier University campus.

Crews will replace the existing 230-kilovolt transmission lines, which carry high-voltage power from Entergy's Ninemile 6 electric generating facility to the Ninemile-Derbigny substation.

The existing lines will be replaced with 3M aluminum conductor composite reinforced high-voltage wire, which is expected to move power more efficiently, according to Entergy's Power to Grow NOLA project web site.

The 3M technology will provide for additional transmission capacity and allow the company to upgrade transmission lines without replacing existing steel poles.

The second phase of the project will see multiple crews working simultaneously on designated streets using 24-foot-wide bucket trucks and 120-foot cranes at each of the existing steel transmission poles.

The project will be completed in 20 segments over three stages including "pre-pull," "pull" and "post-pull" stages.

Pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular traffic as well as parking in the designated areas will be affected throughout the project.

Area residents and business-owners can visit the Power to Grow NOLA web site for updated information on expected delays and road closures as well as safety information.

Entergy began work on the Power to Grow NOLA project, a $30 million initiative, in mid-July.

The first phase of the project affected the Audubon Park, upper Magazine Street and Annunciation Street areas. Crews replaced transmission lines that carried power from the Ninemile 6 generating facility to the Ninemile-Napoleon substation.

On Sept. 21, Entergy announced that Phase I upgrades were completed ahead of schedule.

The Power to Grow NOLA project is part of ongoing integrated resource planning for the city as Entergy New Orleans prepares to deactivate the aging Michoud generating facility, which has been in service since the 1960s.

The upgrades are required by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator prior to the planned 2016 Michoud deactivation.

The Power to Grow NOLA project "will enhance reliability, increase transmission capacity and help ensure the availability of affordable power now and into the future," according to the Sept. 21 release.

Entergy is currently evaluating Michoud as a site for a future generation facility.

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