Cianbro and its partners win $300m contract for NECEC project


Cianbro in a joint venture with Irby Construction, Sargent Electric and Northern Clearing has been awarded a $300m contract to construct and upgrade transmission and provide land clearing for New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC).

Estimated to cost $950m, NECEC Transmission project will deliver 1,200MW of renewable hydropower to the New England energy grid in Lewiston, Maine.

Upon completion, the project will become the largest source of renewable energy in New England.

According to NECEC, Sargent Electric and NCI have a significant employee presence in Maine and are IBEW Local 104 contractors.

As per the terms of the contract, the companies will subcontract work to other Maine-based suppliers, contractors and consultants that have a preference to hire Maine workers when possible.

Cianbro along with Irby Construction will build the new DC transmission line that will run 145 miles from the Canadian border to a substation in Lewiston, Maine, while NCI will provide all clearing and access road improvement work for the project.

US-based diversified electrical contractor Sargent Electric will upgrade the transmission line that is required for the project, particularly on a segment from Wiscasset to Windsor and others in the Lewiston-Auburn area.

NECEC has secured several state agencies and additional permits that are required to commence construction on the project.

Construction work on the project is expected to begin in the second quarter of the year and is anticipated to be completed in 2022.

NECEC Transmission president and CEO Thorn Dickinson said: “The clean energy corridor will bring jobs and significant economic benefits to Maine.

“In addition to the 1,600 jobs that will be created annually during construction, the project will indirectly support employment in local businesses in towns from Jackman to Lewiston.

“The clean energy corridor is projected to inject more than $570 million into Maine’s economy and these contracts represent $300 million that is going to Maine companies to deliver high-quality jobs for Mainers.”


Cianbro and its partners secure $300m contract for NECEC project. (Credit: New England Clean Energy Connect.)




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