Xcel: Construction of Hobbs-China Draw portion of ‘Power for the Plains’ began in March

Construction on the Hobbs-China Draw portion of the 345-kV “Power for the Plains” transmission line project began in March, an Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) spokesperson told TransmissionHub on April 19.

As noted in an April 18 company statement, the 240-mile Power for the Plains corridor will link Texas with New Mexico, and aims to deliver a more reliable, abundant, and economic electricity supply to customers in both states.

The 90-mile line between Hobbs, N.M., and a new substation called China Draw, southeast of Carlsbad, N.M., has been approved by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, and is under construction, Xcel said.

The estimated $163m Hobbs-China Draw portion links the Hobbs Plant substation, located about 11 miles northwest of Hobbs, with the new China Draw substation, located about 22 miles south of Carlsbad, the company said. The project will be built in three segments, Xcel said:

  • Hobbs Plant substation to the new Kiowa substation, located about 15 miles northeast of Carlsbad
  • Kiowa substation to the new North Loving substation, located about eight miles southeast of Carlsbad
  • North Loving substation to the China Draw substation

The spokesperson said that the Hobbs-China Draw project is scheduled to go in service by June 2018.

Additional high-voltage transmission line segments to be built by 2020 will connect the New Mexico line to the TUCO substation, north of Lubbock, Texas, Xcel said.

The spokesperson noted that the additional line segments are Hobbs-Yoakum and Yoakum-TUCO.

The combined cost of the completed line segments is estimated at $400m, the company said.

A similar transmission project was completed in 2014 connecting the TUCO substation to a substation near Woodward in northwestern Oklahoma, Xcel said, adding that when all of the segments between TUCO and China Draw are completed by 2020, a 345-kV line will stretch more than 400 miles from western Oklahoma to southeastern New Mexico.

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Corina Rivera-Linares was TransmissionHub’s chief editor until August 2021, as well as part of the team that established TransmissionHub in 2011. Before joining TransmissionHub, Corina covered renewable energy and environmental issues, as well as transmission, generation, regulation, legislation and ISO/RTO matters at SNL Financial from 2005 to 2011. She has also covered such topics as health, politics, and education for weekly newspapers and national magazines.