Officials from Phillips 66, Public Service Company of Oklahoma and Dallas-based Brandt Companies joined together Tuesday afternoon to break ground on a new multimillion dollar electrical substation at Phillips 66 Research Center in Bartlesville.

The new Eliza Creek Substation will be a dedicated, primary electrical substation for the Research Center, freeing up capacity to other customers fed from the PSO Mound Road substation. PSO President Stuart Solomon said the increased capacity will benefit the community in west Bartlesville.

“The station will allow Phillips 66 to grow and expand without creating any additional electrical issues either here (at the Research Center) or throughout the larger Bartlesville area,” Solomon said. “It also provides some additional electric capacity so that this community can continue to grow.”

According to Phillips 66 Vice President of Technology Merl Lindstrom, the new substation is part of a Infrastructure Upgrade Program following a study of the Phillips 66 Research Center to increase viability for continued use and growth long into the future. The electrical phase of the project has been executed in partnership with Brandt Companies for the design and construction of the substation.

The targeted completion date of the new substation is in March. Phillips 66 Chairman/CEO Greg Garland said the new substation and infrastructure upgrades at the Research Center indicates the company’s continued presence in Bartlesville, from today through the future.

“(The Phillips 66 Research Center) has a long history in terms of its technological achievement,” Garland said. “The discoveries that have been made have global impact in terms of our business and other businesses worldwide.”