Auger’s Amphibious Construction Equipment Reinforces Louisiana High Voltage Transmission Line

Auger Services, a PLH Group Company, is in southeast Louisiana working on the Bayou Vista – Terrebonne 230 kV transmission line to reinforce the existing electrical infrastructure while protecting surrounding wetlands.

The 36-mile project is a collaborative effort between Entergy Louisiana and Cleco Power to improve service by expanding and connecting their two existing substations – Entergy Louisiana Terrebonne and Cleco Bayou Vista – with 236 new steel poles ranging in height from 80 to 195 feet and able to withstand hurricane force winds up to 150 mph. The new 230 kV line parallels an existing Entergy 115 kV transmission line of which approximately two miles were rebuilt to fit into the right of way.

Auger foundation drilling services is a contractor for both sections of the new transmission line, helping to complete the initial 24 miles of the Entergy portion and currently on Cleco’s remaining 12 miles.

Because much of the line traverses through major waterways and wetlands, Auger’s large store of amphibious equipment including marsh buggy excavators, safety boats and Mantis cranes, are essential for foundation drilling in swamplands, wetlands, marshes and rivers.

Auger’s air boats are extensively relied upon throughout the entirety of the project due to the challenging terrain and sensitive environmental conditions.

Overall line service is expected by early 2019.

Sources

Cleco.com
Entergy Newsroom
Entergy-Louisiana
Transmission Hub
The Acadiana Advocate
Electric Light & Power