The City of Richland Energy Services will meet a critical milestone on March 24, 2017, when it installs the City's sixteenth transformer in its Synder Substation Bank 2. The 15/25 MVA transformer is part of the $4.5 million system expansion to serve the new Lamb Weston expansion and future growth in the City's Horn Rapids Industrial Park. Richland Energy Services had planned the expansion for future years and accelerated the project when Lamb Weston chose Richland as the location for its new processing plant.
The 125,000 lb transformer was specially manufactured for Richland by Virginia Transformer in Pocatello, ID, who was awarded the contract through a competitive solicitation. The transformer will step down the Bonneville Power Administration's transmission voltage of 115 KV to 12.470 kV into Richland's system. It will serve industrial and commercial customers in north Richland and will add additional reliability existing and new customers. The transformer's size makes it capable of serving 2500 residential customers.
The Snyder Substation, one of eight Richland Energy Services substations, will have five distribution circuits when it's second bank it is energized in June.
"We're happy that Lamb Weston chose to site its new plant in Richland. Lamb Weston is significant employer that benefits the City and its citizens," said Bob Hammond, Richland Energy Services Director. "We'll be energized and ready to go when Lamb Weston goes online in August."
Richland Energy Services' construction contractor Prater Electric of Richland, WA, will use a crane and rigging to lift the transformer from the trailer and set it on the concrete pad in the substation.
**Members of the media are invited to observe the installation of the transformer at the Snyder Substation located on Robertson Dr. in Richland between 8 and 9 am. Richland Energy Services staff will be onsite to assist.**
The City of Richland will be hosting a public open house on Monday, March 20, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the City's Shops Building, 2700 Duportail Street. After extensive outreach to gather public input, the City's consultant team, Oneza and Associates, will be displaying highlights of the draft Comprehensive Plan. Land use alternatives for an integrated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will also be available. The public is invited to review, ask questions, and offer feedback on the exhibits. The Comprehensive Plan reflects community values and vision for the future and guides the City to determine where new housing, shopping, jobs and infrastructure will be located over the next 20 years.
Citizens can attend anytime between 6:00 and 8:00 pm. For additional information visit www.ci.richland.wa.us/compplan.