Jacobs Engineering Group has been selected to provide design and general engineering services for the $577m NJ TRANSIT Microgrid (NJ TRANSITGRID) project in the US.

The NJ TRANSITGRID project is aimed at implementing a microgrid that can provide power for core critical transit infrastructure to support NJ TRANSIT-operated rail systems, as well as other north-east corridor (NEC) operators.

The microgrid will be able to supply power at a time when the regional electric grid may be compromised following storms or other events.

Jacobs Engineering Group Buildings and Infrastructure senior vice-president Randy Pierce said: “NJ TRANSITGRID is set to make a tremendous difference in the lives of the commuting public during the times when they need it most when events disrupt New Jersey’s critical infrastructure, isolating the local population from their jobs, families, and other important services.

"NJ TRANSITGRID is set to make a tremendous difference in the lives of the commuting public during the times when they need it most."

Under the contract, Jacobs will be responsible for providing owner’s engineering services, including regulatory and economic advisory services.

Other services being offered are conceptual and preliminary design, procurement support, contract packaging for the procurement of design-build contracts, in addition to offering construction assistance to support the NJ TRANSITGRID project.

The new microgrid’s key design components include a central, natural gas-fired power plant and associated substations, transmission/distribution lines to substations.

These lines electrify the railway tracks and operating controls for critical portions of the NJ TRANSIT and the NEC systems.