Johnson City Energy Authority approves first contracts for new substation

Nathan Baker • Updated Sep 26, 2017 at 7:32 PM

The Johnson City Energy Authority board of directors unanimously approved Monday $1.7 million worth of contract work to build a new substation between Jonesborough and Johnson City.

Georgia-based Aubrey Silvey Enterprises Inc. will get the largest portion of spending, with a $1.4 million labor and material contract for the proposed Midway substation. Elizabethton’s Summers-Taylor Inc. will perform site work for $434,000 and KVA Inc. will provide the relay panel and associated equipment for $141,212.

Mark Eades, the Energy Authority’s chief engineering and technology officer, said crews should break ground for the new substation in November.

Meant to add capacity to an area of expected demand growth and help balance the high power demand of East Tennessee State University, the Johnson City Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Mountain Home, all of which are currently served by a single substation, the completed project is expected to cost between $3.5 million and $4 million.

The Midway substation will be built on 14 acres the authority purchased on Main Street, east of downtown Jonesborough and near Norfolk Southern’s railroad tracks. Once construction starts, it should take about a year to complete.

Energy Authority CEO Jeff Dykes said the contracts approved Tuesday were in line with the expected costs for the project.

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