Carroll Electric Cooperative Corporation (CECC) on July 25 filed with the Arkansas Public Service Commission an application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity allowing it to build, operate, and maintain an estimated $3.2m high capacity electric transmission line in Benton County, Ark.
The new line would begin at a tap point on the Centerton-Highfill transmission line in Section 25, Township 19 North, Range 32 West, and end at the Simmons substation to be built in Section 30, Township 19 North, Range 32 West, all in Benton County.
While the new line would initially be operated at 69 kV, it would be built for future operation at 161 kV, CECC added.
CECC noted that it has been requested by Simmons Foods to provide electric power to a new poultry facility being built northeast of Gentry, Ark. That facility is anticipated to utilize about 7 MW of electricity when it is initially operational in late 2019, and increase to 12 MW by 2022. CECC added that to provide for that service, it needs to build the new line and substation.
The line, which would predominantly be built on single-pole steel structures, would require new easements 100 feet in width, almost all of which CECC has already obtained via private agreements with landowners, and would be 5.25 miles long. CECC also said that it already owns the property on which the Simmons substation would be built.