Monthly Project Review November 2013

The $675m Greater Springfield Reliability Project (GSRP) was energized on Nov. 25. The Northeast Utilities (NYSE:NU) project involved 39 miles of 345-kV line and three major substations and two switching yards between North Bloomfield, Conn., and Ludlow, Mass.

Along with the GSRP project, four additional Texas CREZ projects came online in November including two Wind Energy Transmission Texas projects: Long Draw to Sand Bluff (77 miles, 345-kV, $118.1m) and Sand Bluff to Divide (37 miles, 345-kV, $83.7m). 

In addition, Sharyland Utilities completed the $160.5m White Deer to Silverton project.

Pacific Gas & Electric announced the Gates to Gregg project which involves 59 miles of 230-kV line in Fresno County, Calif.  The project is estimated to cost between $115m and $145m and be completed in 2022.  Project partners include Citizens Energy Corporation and MidAmerican Transmission.

In November, there were some significant developments for two large planned projects. 

First, the $3.7bn Pacificorp sponsored Gateway West project was approved by the US Interior Department.  Gateway West involves several proposed segments of 500-kV line between Wyoming and Idaho.  The project is expected to start construction in 2016 and be completed by 2024. 

In addition, Clean Line Energy Partner’s Grain Belt Express project was approved by the Kansas Corporation Commission. If the project moves forward, it is estimated to cost $2.2bn and be completed by 2018. 

In addition, Nalcor’s Labrador Island Link began construction with an expected completion date of 2016 and the BC Hydro Dawson Creek Chetwynd Area project started construction with an in service date of March 2015.