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75th Anniversary

First underground high-voltage cable

September 17, 2018 | Jason Kuiper | flashback, T&D

In October 1971, OPPD’s Underground department installed the first-ever buried high-voltage cable. The cable, which served two circuits, was installed at a substation in Sarpy County near the Sarpy County Peaking Station.

Crews buried more than 6,000 feet of cable in a trench connecting OPPD’s two new gas turbine peaking units and the 69-kv substation. The project was part of larger construction related to the peaking units, which were scheduled to go online in early 1972. The units would provide additional load during summer peaks and emergencies.

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About Jason Kuiper

Jason Kuiper joined OPPD as a communications specialist in 2015. He is a former staff writer and reporter at the Omaha World-Herald, where he covered a wide range of topics but spent the majority of his career covering crime. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and has also appeared in several true crime documentary shows. In his free time he enjoys cooking, spending time with his wife and three children, and reading crime novels.

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