Cross Texas Transmission completes construction on two CREZ lines

Cross Texas Transmission has completed construction on two of its three 345-kV competitive renewable energy zone (CREZ) transmission projects.

The company, part of LS Power Group, wrapped construction on the Gray to Tesla and Gray to White Deer transmission lines and the Gray substation, or the Phase I facilities, in “early March,” according to Vice President Cameron Fredkin. The company is planning on energizing the facilities this summer, he said in an e-mail to TransmissionHub.

“Cross Texas Transmission is working with ERCOT and other transmission service providers to schedule the energization of these facilities,” he said.

Construction on the Silverton to Tesla line and the Cross Series Compensation Station, or the Phase II facilities, is 70% complete, Fredkin said. Construction is scheduled to be complete in late summer or early fall, with energization in the fall.

Gray to Tesla is a 109-mile, 345-kV transmission line, originating at Gray, Texas, and terminating at Tesla, Texas. The project has a baseline cost estimate of approximately $169.8m, and according to the Public Utilities Commission of Texas’ (PUCT) 4Q12 CREZ report, the company is in line with that baseline estimate.

Gray to White Deer is a 42-mile, 345-kV transmission line, originating at Gray and terminating at White Deer, Texas. The project has a baseline cost estimate of $77.1m but was under budget at $70.6m, according to the PUCT report.

Silverton to Tesla is an 85-mile, 345-kV transmission line beginning at the Silverton substation a few miles southwest of Silverton, Texas, and ending at the Tesla substation located just west of Kirkland, Texas, in Childress County. The line is estimated to cost $128.9m, according to the PUCT report.

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