Burns & McDonnell design Belize transmission lines

Burns & McDonnell Engineers-Architects-Consultants, based in Kansas City, Mo., USA, is designing 92 miles of electric transmission lines to connect a hydroelectric generating facility with population centers in Belize. This project is Burns & McDonnell`s first in the Central American country. The hydroelectric facility is being developed by Belize Electric Company Ltd. to provide the country with an economic source of energy. Energy is currently provided by diesel generators. The facility, located on the Macal River near the Guatemala border, is scheduled for completion later this year.

Burns & McDonnell and Irby Construction Co. are designing transmission lines, assisting with materials procurement and providing engineering support during construction. More than one-third of the line is along the coastal plains, where subsurface materials include soft soils and marshes and the project specifications require the lines in this region to withstand hurricane-level winds.