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May 23, 2017 12:59 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

PSEG Will Relocate Montauk Power Station In 2018

May 23, 2017 3:51 PM

The Montauk electrical substation on Industrial Road will be decommissioned by PSEG-Long Island next year and relocated to a nearby property that company engineers say is outside long-term flood ranges.

A spokesperson for PSEG said that the target date for the new substation to come online is May 2018 but that time frames are contingent on variables in the planning and application process.

The current substation, which sits nearly at sea level on Fort Pond, will be dismantled and moved just a few hundred yards away, to a property on Shore Road owned since the 1970s by the Long Island Power Authority, which contracts with PSEG to operate the electrical grid.

The property is about 1.2 acres and sits in a small triangle of land between Shore Road and the Long Island Rail Road tracks. It is currently leased to a landscaping company.

The Shore Road property sits about 6 feet above sea level, and the property grade will be increased to nearly 12 feet as part of the construction. The electrical equipment will be further elevated to about 12.5 feet.

The substation, which does not generate power on its own, will remain on the narrow strip of land between Fort Pond Bay and Fort Pond, but the spokesperson for PSEG, Jeffrey Weir, said the company’s engineers have said the 12.5-foot elevation will put the power station out of forecast flood zones for the 40-year expected life of the new equipment, taking into account sea level rise forecasts.

Mr. Weir also said that the company had looked at the feasibility of relocating the substation to much higher ground—at the town dump off Montauk Highway in Hither Hills. He said that engineers had determined that was not a viable location for the new power distribution center to be based for “technical and performance reasons.”

The Shore Road property also would hold planned new power storage batteries, part of PSEG and LIPA’s plan to address growing power supply shortages on the South Fork over the next decade. The batteries, which would be placed by a private contractor on a small corner of land adjacent to the substation, will be capable of storing up to 5 megawatts of energy generated at times of low power use.

To address forecasts of a first-ever energy supply shortage on the South Fork this summer, PSEG has stationed mobile natural gas generators at the Montauk and East Hampton substations. The mobile generators, mounted on tractor-trailer chassis, will run only if there is a supply shortage.

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