Tucson Electric, PNM work out interconnect deal for 1,000-MW Bowie project

Tucson Electric Power filed on March 18 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a Large Generator Interconnection Agreement with Public Service Co. of New Mexico and Bowie Power Station LLC for an up to 1,000-MW, gas-fired project.

Bowie Power Station is a single-purpose entity established to develop, own and operate an up to 1,000-MW combined-cycle facility located near Bowie, Arizona. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SouthWestern Power Group II LLC, which develops utility-scale generation and transmission projects in the desert southwest and is based in Phoenix, Arizona. SouthWestern Power Group II is a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of MMR Group Inc., a privately-held construction services firm based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Tucson Electric and PNM are both parties to the Amended and Restated San Juan-Springerville-Vail Transmission System Participation Agreement (“the SJ-VL PA”). The SJ-VL PA concerns the ownership and operation of a 345-kV transmission system (including several substations along the transmission path) between the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station, located in the northwest corner of the state of New Mexico, and the Vail Substation, located in the southeast corner of the state of Arizona. Tucson Electric is the operating agent for the SJ-VL PA.

Under this deal, a double-circuit 345-kV transmission line will originate at Bowie Power Station Switchyard located approximately two miles north of the town of Bowie, Arizona. The line will traverse generally north and west before entering the new Willow Switchyard. This 345-kV transmission line from Bowie Power Station to Willow Switchyard will be approximately fifteen miles long and will include fiber optic communications.

The agreement calls for a March 1, 2017, commercial operation date for the Bowie Power Station.

A project contact is: Tom Wray, Project Manager, Bowie Power Station LLC, 3610 N. 44th Street, Suite 250, Phoenix, AZ 85018, Phone: (602) 808-2004 Email: twray@southwesternpower.com.

Said the project website: “The Bowie Power Station is a 1,000 megawatt electric generation facility planned for southeastern Arizona near the community of Bowie in Cochise County. Clean-burning natural gas will serve as the fuel source. The project is being developed by SouthWestern Power Group to meet the growing demand for electricity.”

The website added: “All necessary permits for construction, operation and maintenance have been granted, including zoning, air permit and Certificate of Environmental Compatibility. All engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) is being handled by MMR Group based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.”

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