CenterPoint Energy to file CPCN for 138-kV line in Texas

CenterPoint Energy (NYSE:CNP) will file for approval for a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) for a 138-kV double-circuit transmission line in Texas.

The company on Aug. 9 requested a docket number for the CPCN application, which will be filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Texas (PUCT) in 3Q13, a CenterPoint spokesperson told TransmissionHub on Aug. 12. The CPCN application originally was expected to be filed in early July, according to the project’s timeline.

The PUCT’s decision is expected within 12 months after the application is filed.

The Oyster Creek transmission line is needed to provide electricity to Freeport LNG Development’s natural gas pretreatment and generation facility within Brazoria County, the spokesperson said. A new substation, the Oyster Creek substation, will be built within Freeport LNG’s property to interconnect the new generator and serve the facility.

CenterPoint is proposing five routes, each less than 4 miles in length. Depending on the final route chosen, the project is estimated to cost between $11m and $22m, the spokesperson said. The company has not yet determined which tower structures it will use, but has indicated it is considering steel towers and concrete poles.

Right-of-way acquisition will take place from July 8, 2014, to July 8, 2015, and construction is expected to begin March 15, 2015, and complete on Jan. 25, 2016.

CenterPoint held a public meeting on the project in March, which 21 people attended, the spokesperson said.

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