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Gov. Cuomo announces $3.7 million transmission line relocation project to support Alcoa’s Massena modernization

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that the modernization plan at Alcoa’s Massena East smelter plant will be kicked off next month following approval of more than $3.7 million in capital expenditures by the New York Power Authority for the relocation of a transmission line necessary to accommodate a new substation and aluminum production equipment.

“This transmission line relocation is critical to Alcoa’s much anticipated modernization of the Massena East smelter and reflects the unwavering support of the state of New York to secure the long-term future of aluminum production in the north country,” Gov. Cuomo said in a press release. “There may be no more important development for the region’s economy than the overhaul and upgrade of the Massena East smelter, for which work will get underway this summer.”

The transmission line is being moved to accommodate a new 115-kilovolt substation that Alcoa will install at the Massena East site.

The substation will provide power to a new potline, which keeps aluminum in liquid form, as well as other equipment.

The new substation, which will replace a more than 50 year old facility, will be located in an area now occupied by three 115-kilovolt transmission line, which are being relocated.

Nearly one-mile long sections of each power line will be moved, with the work scheduled to begin early next month for completion in November. The power-line relocation is provided for under a 2011 agreement in which Alcoa will reimburse NYPA for the engineering, procurement and construction costs.

An Au Sable Forks company in Clinton County, Northline Utilities, will provide materials, installation and testing services for the transmission line relocation under a competitively awarded $2.13 contract with NYPA.

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