Last opposition to CREZ project settled

The last remaining opposition to the 140-mile, 345-kV Big Hill to Kendall CREZ project has been settled, a Lower Colorado River Authority spokesperson told TransmissionHub.

LCRA Transmission Services Corp. will construct a new double circuit, 345-kV transmission line between the new McCamey D station located in Schleicher County, Texas, and the existing Kendall Substation, located east of Comfort, Texas.

The settlement will help facilitate the project’s progress going forward, the spokesperson said.

“LCRA TSC is surveying the route and getting appraisals and will be making offers to purchase easements,” she added.

LCRA TSC also needs to obtain permitting documentation from the Texas Department of Transportation (DoT), she said.

In a Sept. 29 letter to the Texas DoT, LCRA indicated that all parties had agreed to a proposed route at the intersection of I-10 and State Highway 16, taking a straight path across the intersection.

“The parties agreed that, in particular, that route modification is the best option for placement of the transmission line,” the spokesperson said.

As of September, the project had an estimated cost of $341.1m, according to the Public Utility Commission of Texas’ quarterly Competitive Renewable Energy Zone update released Nov. 1.

The line, sponsored by LCRA Transmission Services, is one of the CREZ projects, and has been given “priority” status by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

Construction on the line is expected to start Sept. 30, 2012, and be completed Nov. 30, 2013. The project received a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) on Jan. 24.

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