Monthly Project Review December 2013

Seven projects totaling $1.2bn of investment were completed by the end of 2013, according to TransmissionHub data.

The largest of these was AltaLink/EPCOR’s C$610m Heartland transmission project, which was energized on Dec. 28. The project comprised 41 miles of double-circuit 500-kV line between Ellerslie and Fort Saskatchewan in Alberta, Canada.

American Transmission Company completed the six-mile Pleasant Prairie to Zion 345-kV line on Dec. 6. The company projects the line’s total cost to be $36m, an increase from the original estimate of $31.6m. The project runs between Pleasant Prairie, Wis., and Zion Energy Center, Ill.

Four Texas CREZ projects were energized by Dec. 31. Oncor Electric Delivery energized the $166.5m, 70-mile (345-kV) line between West Krum and Anna on Dec. 30, and on Dec. 18 energized the 345-kV,  $163.3m, 110-mile Clear Crossing to Willow Creek project.

South Texas Electric Cooperative on Dec. 1 energized the 345-kV Odessa to Bakersfield project, a $100.9m, 70-mile line that runs between the new McCamey C substation located in Pecos County and the existing North McCamey substation located in McCamey.

Wind Energy Transmission Texas completed the 345-kV Sand Bluff to Divide project, an $83.7m, 37-mile project located near the Glasscock County and Sterling County border and ending at LCRA’s Divide Substation located in western Coke County.

Nine project announcements totaling $770m in estimated capital investment were made in December. The largest of these was Puget Sound Energy’s Energize Eastside project to increase capacity and enhance reliability in the Seattle area. The 230-kV project is estimated to cost around $290m and is scheduled for completion in 2018.

Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO) also announced the NIPSCO G project involving the construction of 345-kV line between Wilton Center, Ind., and Reynolds, Ill. The $205m project is expected to enter service by early June 2022.

In addition, Sharyland Utilities announced the Antelope-Elk to White River project. The $117.9m project will connect the planned gas-fired Antelope-Elk Energy Center to the ERCOT grid and is expected to enter service in 2016.

In other news, Nebraska Public Power District increased the cost estimate for its Stegall to Scottsbluff project to $39m from $32.5m.

ATCO Electric has begun construction on the Beartrap Substation Transmission Project, scheduled to enter service in 2014.