Tree clearing complete on Elko New Market and Cleary Lake Areas project in Minnesota

Great River Energy on April 6 told the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission that tree clearing is now complete on the entire Elko New Market and Cleary Lake Areas 115-kV Project.

As noted in the company’s status report, the commission in August 2014 granted Great River Energy a route permit for the project.

As TransmissionHub reported, the project includes construction of 5.4 miles of double-circuit 115-kV transmission line between the existing Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative New Market distribution substation in Scott County and the Veseli breaker station owned by Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) in Rice County. In addition, Great River Energy will rebuild about 11.3 miles of existing 69-kV transmission line to 115-kV.

In its April 6 filing, Great River Energy said that construction activities on the Credit River Tap to Credit River Junction Segment began in September 2015, with tree clearing in that segment beginning in October 2015. The company noted that all 33 poles have been framed, drilled, and set in the segment, which was energized at 69 kV on Jan. 25, 2016. Restoration in the segment is complete, the company said.

Of the Credit River Junction to Prior Lake Junction Segment, Great River Energy said that construction activities in that segment began on Oct. 21, 2015. Tree clearing, which did not begin in that segment until October 2015, is now complete. The company also said that all 53 poles have been framed, drilled, and set in the segment; all poles are clipped; and the bird diverters are installed. The segment was energized on March 4, 2016, and restoration in the segment is complete, the company said.

Construction activities – tree clearing – on the Elko Substation to New Market Substation Segment began on Jan. 25 2016, and is complete, Great River Energy said.

The segment is now complete – 115 poles framed, set, pulled and clipped, the company said, adding that the segment was energized at 69 kV on Aug. 25, 2016. Restoration on the segment is complete.

Great River Energy also said that the stormwater permit for the project was terminated with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency last November.

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