Texas ALJ: Oncor application for 138-kV line approved

An administrative law judge with the Public Utility Commission of Texas, in an Oct. 27 notice of approval, said that Oncor Electric Delivery Company’s application regarding a 138-kV transmission line is approved.

According to the notice, Oncor in August filed its application to amend its certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) for the 138-kV transmission line within Winkler County.

The project is a single-circuit line to be built on double-circuit structures, connecting the proposed Balding point of delivery (POD), located about 4.5 miles west of Wink, Texas, and adjacent to State Highway 302, just west of the Targa Midstream Services LLC (Targa) Wildcat facilities, to the existing Oncor Wink-Loving 138-kV transmission line segment of the Wink-Culberson line, located in Winkler County, about 2.5 miles south of the proposed Balding POD.

The notice added that the proposed project includes modifications at the tap point of the Wink-Loving line and at the POD location, which work may include dead-end and other structures, transformers, grading, fences, and other equipment.

The estimated cost of the proposed project for transmission line facilities along the proposed route is $3m, while the station and tap point work is estimated to cost an additional $135,000.

Discussing the need for the proposed project, the notice further stated that a new 138-kV single-circuit line, double-circuit-capable, to be built on double-circuit structures, is needed to support Targa’s oil and gas processing facilities in Winkler County. Targa plans to build, own, and operate its own substation, with a projected maximum peak load demand of 38 MW. The notice added that Oncor and Targa in April executed a transmission/substation facility extension agreement to provide the requested transmission service to Targa’s new substation.

The proposed project is necessary to provide the transmission facilities needed to interconnect Targa’s new substation facility to the electric grid, the notice stated.

The study area for the proposed project encompassed an area about 1.7 miles wide and three miles long, according to the notice, which also stated that the proposed route is about 2.5 miles long.

There are no habitable structures located within 300 feet of the proposed route; no parks or recreational areas owned by a government body or an organized group, club, or church were identified as being located within 1,000 feet of the centerline of the proposed route; and there are no recorded cultural resource sites identified as being crossed by the proposed route, and no sites are located within 1,000 feet of the centerline of the proposed route.

The notice further stated that the proposed route is not anticipated to have significant impacts on the natural resources of the area.

In the event that Oncor or its contractors encounter any artifacts or other cultural resources during project construction, work is to cease immediately in the vicinity of the resource and the discovery is to be reported to the Texas Historical Commission.

Among other things, the notice also stated that Oncor is to cooperate with directly affected landowners to implement minor deviations in the approved route to minimize the impact of the line.

According to the notice, the approval granted is limited to a period of seven years from the date that the notice is signed, unless before that time the line is commercially energized.

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