City to improve power service capacity

Robert Smith
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Pawhuska's municipal utilities director said a high-quality used transformer is scheduled to be delivered this week for installation at the electrical substation on McKenzie Road.

The Pawhuska City Council approved a recommendation from Utilities Director Bill Bruce to buy the 20-watt transformer for $10,500 from the city of Edmond. Bruce said a new transformer of the same type would likely cost between $625,000 and $750,000.

The purchase of the transformer, along with testing and installation services, would be elements of an approximately $90,000 first phase of a planned improvement of electrical service for the city and its power customers, Bruce explained. Bruce said a second phase of the project will likely cost about $90,000 more.

In the near term, the delivery of the transformer purchased from Edmond will allow the city to pull its existing 20-megawatt transformer offline for repairs, Bruce said. Once the repair work has been done, both transformers are to be in service.

"I want reliable power for the city of Pawhuska and I want a backup," Bruce said. He noted that the Oklahoma Municipal Power Association, of which Pawhuska is a member, is pleased with the improvements that are under way.