ITC Midwest: Construction of Huntley substation now 95% complete

ITC Midwest on April 11 told the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission that construction of the new Huntley substation, which is part of the Minnesota-Iowa 345-kV Transmission Line Project in Jackson, Martin, and Faribault counties, continued last month and is now 95% complete.

As noted in the filing, the commission in November 2014 granted ITC Midwest a route permit for the project.

While construction activities for Segment 1 (Lakefield-Fox Lake) of the project have been completed, minor restoration work remains, and required environmental monitoring will continue along Segment 1 until restoration is complete, the company said.

Work on Segment 2 (Fox Lake-Rutland) of the project continued last month, reaching 98% completion overall with 98% of foundations now completed, and 97% of steel poles erected, the company said.
Conductor installation on Segment 2 also continued last month on the 69-kV, 161-kV, and 345-kV line spans, and is now 97% complete overall, the company said.

Work continues on the associated facilities, with 53 of 54 foundations completed, and 39 structures set by the end of March, ITC Midwest said.

Construction activities on Segment 4 (Huntley to Iowa border) began in March, including vegetation clearing, delivery of matting, and preparing access to right of way.

Property for the project substations is held in fee by the company, and all easements acquired to date have been acquired voluntarily, the company added.

ITC is a Fortis (NYSE:FTS) company.

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