A brief overview was given last Monday night by representatives of Fisher & Arnold, the engineering firm hired by Arab Electric Cooperative to design a new substation on the project.

Ricky Witherspoon told the AEC board that everything is on track and the timeline to energize the substation remains the fall of 2021.

Groundbreaking at the site on Brashiers Chapel Road is expected to begin in the spring of 2020 and dirt work on the pad is expected to begin next summer.

The estimated cost of the substation is $6.6 million.

The AEC board approved a professional services agreement with Fisher & Arnold for the work.

The board also was given proposals from Fisher & Arnold to perform a 10-year system study for the co-op and a proposal to provide general substation maintenance.

The board is scheduled to take up those proposals at its Dec. 23 meeting.

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