Entergy: Construction ‘kicks off’ on Port Arthur Reliability Transmission Project in Texas

Entergy (NYSE:ETR) said that company officials, business and community leaders on Oct. 29 gathered at the GT OmniPort Industrial Park in Texas to kick off construction on the approximately $70m Port Arthur Reliability Transmission Project.

Once completed in 2020, the project will provide reliable power to existing and future customers in the growing area, the company said, adding that the project also ensures Entergy maintains dependable transmission service that is compliant with NERC reliability standards.

The project features 13 miles of a new 230-kV transmission line that will connect two new 230-kV substations – the Garden substation and the Legend substation that will be located near Central Gardens and Port Acres, respectively, the company said.

The project is one of nearly $600m in transmission projects that Entergy Texas has planned between 2018 and 2020 to serve existing and future customers in southeast Texas, the company said.

According to the company’s website, other projects in progress in Texas include the Western Region Economic Project, which is composed of two projects that work together to reduce congestion in the Entergy Texas transmission system. The two projects involve building a new 230-kV transmission line from Rocky Creek to the Lewis Creek generating station, and upgrading the existing 25-mile, 138-kV line from Newton Bulk to Leach.

The Rocky Creek to the Lewis Creek 230-kV construction cost is $122m, while the Newton Bulk-Leach 138-kV upgrade construction cost is $23m, the site added. The upgrade portion of the project is expected to be placed in service by summer 2019, followed by the completion of the new 230-kV transmission line by summer 2020.

Another project is the approximately $65m China to Stowell project, which is located in east Texas, and involves the construction of a new 230-kV transmission line between Entergy Texas China and Stowell substations; that includes adding a 230-138-kV autotransformer at Stowell. The site added that the project, which addresses future load growth and reliability needs in east Texas, is ongoing and has an expected in-service date of June 2019.

The approximately $27m Bryan 138-69-kV project located at Entergy’s existing Bryan substation, involves replacing two 138-69-kV autotransformers with larger units, as well as reconfiguring the 138-kV and 69-kV operating buses to a ring bus configuration. The site added that the project, which addresses future load growth and reliability needs in Entergy Texas’ western area, is in the design phase and expected to be in service by summer 2019.

The approximately $38m Heights 230-kV project involves building a new distribution substation that cuts into the existing China to Porter 230-kV line. The substation will be located east of The Woodlands near the Grand Parkway. The project, which addresses future load growth east of The Woodlands, Texas, near the Grand Parkway, is in the design phase, the site added, noting that the project is expected to be in service by summer 2019.

In addition, the approximately $39m Hull to Sour Lake 69-kV project involves rebuilding about 25 miles of the existing Hull to Sour Lake 69-kV line in order to address future load growth and reliability needs in east Texas. The site also said that the project is in the design phase and expected to be in service by winter 2020.

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Corina Rivera-Linares, chief editor for TransmissionHub, has covered the U.S. power industry for the past 15 years. Before joining TransmissionHub, Corina covered renewable energy and environmental issues, as well as transmission, generation, regulation, legislation and ISO/RTO matters at SNL Financial. She has also covered such topics as health, politics, and education for weekly newspapers and national magazines. She can be reached at clinares@endeavorb2b.com.