Fort Smith - Colony Transmission Re-conductor


Fort Smith-Colony Transmission Line Reconductor

Due to increasing loads in Fort Smith, Arkansas, CEC was tasked to design a re-conductor project for Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OG&E). The re-conductor stretched for 3.2 miles in the urban area of Ft. Smith traveling from the Ft. Smith Substation to the Colony Substation. CEC analyzed the existing structures to ensure they could handle the increased weight and tension of the conductor. CEC was responsible for the evaluation of existing structures, placement of new structures, and conductor sizing.

CEC determined 2167 ACSR “Kiwi” should replace the old and outdated 795 ACSR “Drake” conductor. The project included a tie-in to an existing steel lattice tower and a drop-in to the existing Colony substation. CEC analyzed the existing structures to ensure they could handle the increased weight and tension of the conductor. Due to the urban area, pole placement was vital to ensure the safety of construction crews and the public. CEC surveyed the area and discovered the streets were lined with underground utilities. After considering existing utilities, public safety, and customer preferences, CEC designed the installation of 45 new structures