NES SoBro substation tentatively set to be operational by July 1

Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 10:05pm

Work on the new Nashville Electric Service substation — now fully underway in the shadows of the Music City Center in SoBro — is tentatively slated to be operational by July 1, officials said Thursday.

The project is on schedule and now seeing the installation of a gas insulated switchgear (GIS) system manufactured by South Korea-based Hyundai. The installation begin Wednesday and will require about 70 days, according to David Sinker, the substation site project manager representing Carrollton, Ga.-based Aubrey Silvey Enterprises Inc.

Sinker said the July 1 operations start date of the substation, located between Sixth and Seventh avenues along Korean Veterans Boulevard, is realistic but dependent on testing.

“If there are any problems, that could delay [the effort],” he said.

Mike White, MCC project manager, said the installation of the GIS system is an “important part” of Phase I of a two-phase effort.

“Phase I involves everything it will take to flip the switch and discontinue the usage of the current station [fronting Demonbreun Street at Sixth and Seventh avenues],” White said.

White said the compact design of the GIS system, a technology now about eight years old, is needed given the limited ground space on which it will operate.

2 Comments on this post:

By: shinestx on 1/7/11 at 8:09

I don't know why Metro decided to build this new substation at what would be a prominent corner on Korea War Boulevard. Seems like there were better, more obscure locations... but that's government for ya'.

By: JeffF on 1/7/11 at 2:23

It was in a more obscure location. This expense was done in order to have the convention center overtake those city blocks. No one in "leadership" really cares about the appearance or usefulness of anything south of the southernmost wall of the convention center. Nice of them to now display the boundary so we all know where we stand.