Quanta Services has secured a four-year contract from Central Maine Power (CMP) for the construction and expansion of approximately 200 miles of transmission infrastructure in central and western Maine.

The contract is part of CMP’s Maine Power Reliability Program, a $1.54bn program to modernize the company’s bulk power system and consequently address certain economic and environmental concerns of electricity customers state-wide.

The Maine Power Reliability Program includes the construction of five new 345kV substations and related facilities linked by approximately 440 miles of new transmission lines.

Quanta will be responsible for work on the central and western segments of the project, including the communities of Pownal, Lewiston, Windsor and Rumford.

Under the contract, Quanta intends to work in conjunction with a Maine-based contractor to provide transmission construction services, including site preparation, foundations, right-of-way construction, structure installation and conductor installation.

Pre-construction activities are expected to start in the first quarter of 2011 with completion projected by mid-2015.