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09/23/2010 ~ As part of ongoing reliability improvements, two projects have made their way into the City of Key West, and Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) customers should take note as they will be seeing an influx of work occurring throughout the City.

KEYS’ multi-year pole restoration project has worked its way through the Lower Keys and has now entered Key West. Thus far, KEYS has replaced 1,700 poles within the Lower Keys and plans on replacing approximately 500 poles within the City of Key West by 2011.

In an effort to mitigate road congestion, KEYS will be focusing on replacing poles on the streets adjacent to North Roosevelt Boulevard in advance of Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) upgrades prior to continuing on upgrades through the rest of the City.

“While FDOT officials will work to ensure the North Roosevelt project does not create traffic congestion,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO, “KEYS does not want to further add to the congestion by blocking streets that will be used as detours to avoid the road construction.”

KEYS has also begun re-wiring approximately three-miles of the existing 69 Kilovolt (kV)* Transmission Line (TIELINE) that was constructed in 1962 and
spans the distance between the Kennedy Drive and White Street Electrical Substations.

Approximately two-miles of the span are over water and run parallel to the Sigsbee Navy Base and the Hilton Haven neighborhood, less than 1-mile is over land. The existing wire is in poor condition due to age and the extreme corrosive environment of the Florida Keys.

“The span of the TIELINE being refurbished is a redundant line that loops around the City of Key West and serves as a back-up to the system,” said Lynne Tejeda, KEYS’ General Manager & CEO. She added that, “planned outages are not anticipated during the construction period, however, since the redundant line will be offline there remains a remote possibility that outages can occur and customers should be advised.” The TIELINE re-wiring project is scheduled to be complete by early November.

Both the pole restoration and TIELINE re-wiring project represent approximately $18-million in upgrades to KEYS’ electric grid.

*Kilovolt – A unit of electrical force equal to 1,000 volts.

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