O’Connell is a full service electrical contractor serving New York State and surrounding regions of the northeast. We maintain fully staffed offices in Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse as well as a satellite office in Albany.
As the nation's 50th largest electrical contractor, O'Connell covers every major service segment of the industry. We provide comprehensive design-build, construction, service, maintenance, and emergency response services. With more than 100 years of electrical construction experience under our belts, you can be assured we have the capability and know-how to complete your project at budget and on schedule.
O'Connell is looking to fill a position as "Drafts Specialist and BIM/Project Coordinator" in our Victor, NY office. Please review the job description and send cover letters/resumes to email@example.com
Steel Winds was among the first successfully implemented urban commercial wind farms in the U.S. That combined with the fact that the plant was part of New York State’s DEC Brownfield Cleanup Program, Buffalo’s wind power facility truly stands out as one of a kind.
State and federal governments continue to pass initiatives that offer developers incentives for building large-scale renewable energy projects on previously disturbed land. Dubbed Steel Winds II, power generation capacity at the current facility was increased to 35 MW with the introduction of six additional Clipper Liberty Wind Turbines. Libertys are impressive structures that feature 325-foot towers with 110-foot blades that are capable of generating 2.5 MW of electricity.
O’Connell Electric provided comprehensive end-to-end electrical construction, testing, and commissioning services for the initial Steel Winds development project. Under a contract for $3.25 million, we were again contracted by TVIG (Tennessee Valley Infrastructure Group) to provide the complete electrical package for this expansion project and to increase distribution system reliability at the substation.
This time around our Technical Services Division played an expanded role. The division overhauled the onsite substation which included upgrading to solid state relays and electronic metering. We reconfigured the substation with a Schweitzer microprocessor-based protection system, installed new SCADA system with HMI (human-machine interface) for monitoring and controlling the substation automation package, and performed all acceptance and witness testing. Full reconditioning of the 115KV step-up transformers was performed which involved the installation of new circulation pumps and auxiliary controls, a new cooling package to enable increased capacity and base rating, an oil containment system, internal inspections of the transformers, and oil degasification. O’Connell also performed partial discharge testing of the underground collection system.
O’Connell crews constructed three miles of overhead transmission lines for the project as well as the underground to overhead collection system. We performed the tower wiring and installed the data communications network for the new turbines. Our safety record was impeccable throughout the project’s fast-paced time line.