Entergy Arkansas notes completion of various projects in Arkansas

Entergy’s (NYSE:ETR) Entergy Arkansas, in a Jan. 17 letter to the Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC), said that its transmission facilities associated with its Camden Maguire to Camden North 115-kV Transmission Line project were essentially completed with substantially all final costs received as of December 2016.

The project construction and final testing of electrical facilities have been completed, the company said, adding that the transmission outage for the project was concluded on July 9, 2015, and the line was energized.

As TransmissionHub reported, the APSC in October 2012 granted a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CCN) to Entergy Arkansas for construction and operation of the line located in Ouachita County, Ark.

According to the company’s Jan. 17 letter, the project’s final total estimated cost is $17.1m, up from the estimated $10.4m that the company had indicated in its application.

In a separate Jan. 17 letter to the APSC, Entergy Arkansas said that its transmission facilities associated with its Hot Springs Milton to Carpenter Dam 115-kV Transmission Line project were essentially completed with substantially all final costs received as of December 2016.

The project construction and final testing of electrical facilities have been completed, the company said, adding that the transmission outage for the project was concluded on June 4, 2015, and the line was energized.

As reported, Entergy Arkansas in May 2013 filed an application with the APSC, seeking a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need (CECPN) for the new 17-mile, 115-kV transmission line in the southeast corner of its service territory, about six miles south of Hot Springs, Ark.

In its Jan. 17 letter, the company said that the project’s final total estimated cost is $35m, down from the estimated $58.5m that the company had indicated in its application.

In another Jan. 17 letter to the APSC, Entergy Arkansas told the APSC that its transmission facilities associated with its Gillett to Dam #2 115-kV Transmission Line project were essentially completed with substantially all final costs received as of December 2016.

The project construction and final testing of electrical facilities have been completed, the company said, noting that the transmission outage for the project was concluded on July 6, 2016, and the line was energized.

As TransmissionHub reported, Entergy Arkansas in November 2012 was in the route selection phase for the line, which, according to a company spokesperson, is needed to provide continued reliable electric service and voltage stability in the southeast region of Arkansas, specifically, all of the areas southeast of Pine Bluff, namely Desha and Arkansas counties.

The company said in its Jan. 17 letter that the project’s final total estimated cost is $25.2m, down from the estimated $26m that the company had indicated in its application.

Finally, in a separate Jan. 17 letter, Entergy Arkansas told the APSC that its transmission facilities associated with its White Bluff to Woodward 230-kV Transmission Line project were essentially completed with substantially all final costs received as of December 2016.

The project construction and final testing of electrical facilities have been completed, and the line was energized on June 29, 2016, the company said.

As TransmissionHub reported, Entergy Chairman and CEO Leo Denault said on Oct. 25, 2016, during the company’s 3Q16 earnings call that at the end of June, the company completed Phase 2 of its Pine Bluff Voltage Support Project in Arkansas, building a new 230-kV substation and transmission line.

According to the company’s website, projects under the approximately $69m “White Bluff Area Improvements” initiative in the Pine Bluff area of central Arkansas included the reconfiguration of the White Bluff 500-kV substation, the addition of a new 500-230-kV autotransformer, and the construction of a new 23-mile, 230-kV transmission line from Entergy Arkansas’ White Bluff generating facility to Woodward substation.

In its Jan. 17 letter, Entergy Arkansas said that the project’s “actual” total estimated cost is $34.6m, compared to the “estimated” total of $44.3m.

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Corina Rivera-Linares, chief editor for TransmissionHub, has covered the U.S. power industry for the past 15 years. Before joining TransmissionHub, Corina covered renewable energy and environmental issues, as well as transmission, generation, regulation, legislation and ISO/RTO matters at SNL Financial. She has also covered such topics as health, politics, and education for weekly newspapers and national magazines. She can be reached at clinares@endeavorb2b.com.