Bryan Municipal Utilities has rejected all bids received for transformers for an electric system upgrade project.

According to a resolution passed unanimously by the Bryan Board of Public Affairs during its regular meeting on Tuesday, all bids received for the transformer for the 34.5 kV upgrade project involved equipment that exceeded “power transformer sizing specifications, which in turn exceeded budgeted estimated costs.”

After reviewing the project specifications with engineering consulting firm SSOE, BMU decided to revise the requirements to meet the needs of the project, but reduce the overall cost.

BMU Director of Utilities Nathan Gardner said by revising the specifications, including adding an option for a “remanufactured” transformer rather than brand new equipment, it could save BMU upwards of $25,000. Officials said remanufactured transformer would carry the same 10-year manufacturer’s warranty as a new one, or potentially an even better warranty.

Gardner said BMU is still evaluating bids for a separate portion of the same project, for the actual substation structure.

The project, which in total costs around $1 million, will upgrade the city’s old 34.5 kV transmission system to a 69 kV system. The 34.5-kilovolt system was built in 1975 and is at the end of its 40- to 45-year lifespan, officials have said.

In other action, the board approved:

• The 2021 BMU budget and requested council’s final approval. The budget was mostly unchanged from last month’s BMU presentation to the board, save for changes related to the aforementioned electric system upgrade project.

• Paying the maximum of $1,200 in tuition costs for continuing education for power plant employee Kevin Douglass.

• Scheduling the year-end BPA meeting for 10 a.m. Dec. 31.

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