Black & Veatch subsidiary to handle installation of new autotransformer bank for PG&E Co.’s California switchyards

Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 6, 2002 — Black & Veatch, through its construction subsidiary Overland Contracting, Inc., is providing the engineering, procurement and construction services for the installation of a new 500/230 kV autotransformer bank consisting of four single-phase units to Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s (PG&E) Metcalf Substation.

The Metcalf project, located in San Jose, Calif., is designed to increase PG&E’s load capacity and reliability to the San Jose and San Francisco areas. The project will introduce a third bulk power transformer bank with major modifications to the 500 kV and 230 kV switchyards that will improve station reliability by reinforcing the existing two banks and by providing a “safety net” if another bank requires maintenance.

“By increasing the station’s reliability, we will also be increasing the system’s reliability since Metcalf is a key station in providing power to the high-tech Silicon Valley area,” said Al Tharnish, Black & Veatch project manager. Detailed engineering design began in July 2001 and construction in February 2002. Station energization is scheduled for September 2002.

About Black & Veatch Black & Veatch Corporation is a global engineering, construction and consulting firm specializing in infrastructure development in the fields of energy, water and information.

Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch serves its clients with conceptual and preliminary engineering services, engineering design, procurement, construction, financial management, asset management, information technology, environmental and management consulting services.

Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., the employee-owned company has more than 90 offices worldwide. Black & Veatch is ranked 80th on the Forbes “500 Top Private Companies in the U.S.” listing for 2001. The company’s Web site address is

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