Transmission Developers Inc., are aiming to have its $2.2bn, 333-mile Champlain Hudson Power Express project, which involves a high-voltage direct current 1,000 MW cable, in service during 1Q18, a company spokesperson told TransmissionHub on Oct. 4.
The project has received all New York state permits, including the Article VII permit awarded on April 18, and is awaiting federal approvals, including a presidential permit from the U.S. Department of Energy, the spokesperson, Andrew Rush, said, adding, “We’re awaiting two permits from the Army Corps of Engineers.”
The company gave a presentation to the New York Citizens Advisory Committee of the Lake Champlain Basin Program on Oct. 1, he said.
“We’ve done extensive surveys of the project route, and we are working to use those surveys to ensure the route is the best one possible,” Rush said. “We’ve worked with in particular with the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum to make sure the project avoids sensitive areas.”
He continued, “Their assistance has been to make sure we avoid any known shipwrecks – there have been cultural resources identified in the lake related to the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.”
The company’s permitting work with the state required it to work extensively with the New York Department of State, New York Department of Public Service, Department of Environmental Conservation and New York State Office of Historic Preservation.
“We’re just pleased to see the project continues to move forward and are looking forward to completing the process,” Rush added.