ITC Midwest: ‘Segment 2’ of Minnesota-Iowa 345-kV project remained at 98% overall

ITC Midwest on May 15 provided a monthly status report for April to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on the company’s Minnesota-Iowa 345-kV Transmission Line Project, noting that work on “Segment 2” of the project remained at 98% completion overall.

That segment (Fox Lake-Rutland) will finish once an additional outage is taken after the completion of certain associated facilities, the company said.

As noted in the filing, the commission in November 2014 granted ITC Midwest a route permit for the project and associated facilities in Jackson, Martin, and Faribault counties.

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

Work continued on the associated facilities with 57 structures set by the end of April, as well as the Freeborn to Huntley and Blue Earth to Huntley portions being energized, the company said. That segment of the project reached an overall completion of 68% by the end of April, ITC Midwest said.

Construction of the new Huntley substation continued last month and is now 98% complete. The company also said that construction activities continued in April on “Segment 4” of the project (Huntley to Iowa border), with pouring of foundations, and setting and framing of structures beginning, as well as continued wreck-out of the existing 161-kV line.

Among other things, ITC Midwest said that it continues to proceed with design work and easement acquisition associated with “Segment 3” of the project (Rutland-Huntley). The company said that it continues close coordination and collaboration with local, state, and federal permitting agencies, as required by the route permit. The engagement and level of requested information from some agencies continues to expand or has been delayed for portions of that segment of the project, thereby resulting in slower progress than anticipated, ITC Midwest said.

ITC is a Fortis (NYSE:FTS) company.

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