Entergy Arkansas: Construction, final testing of Smackover substation project essentially complete

Entergy’s (NYSE:ETR) Entergy Arkansas, in a July 12 filing, told the Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) that project construction and final testing of electrical facilities in connection with the company’s Smackover industrial substation project were essentially completed, with substantially all final costs received as of July 2016.

According to the filing, the project’s estimated total cost was $8.42m.

The transmission line was energized on Feb. 9, the company said, adding that the transmission construction portion was completed in accordance with the certificate of public convenience and necessity (CCN) granted by the commission, and no major deviations in project design were required.

As TransmissionHub reported, an Entergy spokesperson told TransmissionHub in late January that Entergy Arkansas expected to energize on Feb. 15 a new double circuit 115-kV transmission line that will connect an existing line with the new 115/13.8-kV Smackover industrial substation located in Union County in southern Arkansas.

The new line and substation are needed for expansion of the Cross Oil Refinery of the Martin Operating Partnership (MOP) near the city of Smackover, Ark., and construction of both the line and the substation is nearly complete, the spokesperson said.

The line is on a new 100-foot-wide right of way on property provided by the MOP.

The APSC in October 2014 approved the company’s application for a CCN for the line. A CCN for the substation was not filed since it is a distribution facility rather than a transmission facility, the APSC said in that order.

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