Eversource Transmission Project Provides New Hampshire Jobs
Company fulfills commitment to hire local workers for NH projects
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (October 19, 2016) – A number of New Hampshire-based companies, and local workers, have been selected by Eversource to begin the first phase of a critical transmission project in the Granite State. The workers will prepare this fall for construction of the Merrimack Valley Reliability Project, a new overhead transmission line to be built in existing rights-of-way between Londonderry, New Hampshire and Tewksbury, Massachusetts. The New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee issued a Certificate of Approval for the project on October 4th.
“Providing opportunities for New Hampshire workers is a cornerstone of our Energy Jobs Partnership,” noted Bill Quinlan, President of New Hampshire electric operations for Eversource. “We are making significant investments in the Granite State to improve electric reliability, and we are committed to seeing that local workers and companies benefit.”
The Merrimack Valley Reliability Project (MVRP) is a joint undertaking by Eversource and National Grid and will result in a total investment of nearly $129 million to bolster the regional infrastructure in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. It is estimated that during peak construction the project will create more than 1,000 local jobs in both states.
Work to begin this year by Eversource includes preparing the existing power line right-of-way for construction. This will include workers from Triple L Trucking and Greymont Trucking of Henniker, as well as M & R Wood Recycling of Derry. A.B. Excavating of Lancaster will also be involved in the initial phase of the project.
“As a New Hampshire resident myself, I appreciate the opportunity to work right here close to home,” said Superintendent Leroy Morin of Northern Tree Service Inc. “It certainly has a ripple economic effect, from small items such as meals to much bigger purchases like equipment servicing.”
Project construction in 2017 will also include many local workers. Michels Corporation will construct the power line, using lineworkers from IBEW Local 104 and a core group of New Hampshire-based management and companies, including: U.S. Silt & Site Supply, Bow; Redimix Companies Inc., Manchester; New England Mat Company, Winchester; and, Busby Construction, Atkinson. Michels Corp anticipates a significant economic impact in New Hampshire through its spending on lodging and fuel; and, the company continues to seek New Hampshire based companies, including aggregate suppliers, flaggers, police details and waste removal.
ES Boulos Company will be responsible for substation construction and will utilize lineworkers, electricians and laborers from New Hampshire Local Unions 104, 490 and 976. The company also anticipates utilizing New Hampshire based crane services, suppliers and material distributors.
Eversource Energy Jobs Partnership – The jobs partnership focuses on three key areas of employment: A commitment to hire qualified New Hampshire electric utility workers first for local transmission and distribution projects; a commitment to non-union New Hampshire-based companies, providing them with the opportunity to bid on project work; and, a first-of-its-kind training program providing New Hampshire apprentices with classroom instruction and hands-on experience on the many Eversource infrastructure projects happening across the state.
New England’s independent system operator, ISO-New England, identified inadequate transmission resources to serve the region’s electricity needs. The MVRP will address this issue and bring added resiliency and increased system flexibility to the entire Merrimack Valley area. The project will run along existing utility rights-of-way, with approximately 18 miles through Londonderry, Hudson, Windham, and Pelham in New Hampshire and approximately 6.5 miles through Dracut, Andover, and Tewksbury in Massachusetts, for a total length of approximately 24.5 miles.
Community meetings will be held before construction begins to inform property and business owners, as well as other interested parties about work activities and schedules. Project representatives from Eversource and National Grid will continue to communicate directly with residents along the rights-of-way throughout the construction and restoration process.
The recent decision by the N.H. Site Evaluation Committee approving the project followed rounds of public information sessions and public hearings in New Hampshire counties through which the new line will pass.