Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) on Dec. 13 said that it has selected the preferred routes and substation location for the Polk County Reliability Enhancement Project, which will connect the company’s Osprey Energy Center in Auburndale to existing substations in Kathleen and Haines City in Florida.
The proposed location for the new substation will be on the Osprey Energy Center site; the new 230-kV Kathleen Transmission Line will extend from the Osprey Energy Center about 26.2 miles west to the existing Kathleen substation; and the new 230-kV Haines City Transmission Line will extend from the Osprey Energy Center about 21.4 miles east to the existing Haines City East substation.
The company added that based on extensive evaluation, it selected a route with the least overall impact to homes, personal property, businesses, environment, and the community; the general location of the routes can be found here.
As noted on the company’s website, the company announced plans for the new substation and lines in April. The project is designed to enhance the ability of Duke Energy and neighboring utilities to provide safe and reliable energy to customers in the area, the site noted.
Ana Gibbs, senior communications consultant with Duke Energy Florida, on Dec. 14 told TransmissionHub that easements will be acquired beginning in mid-2019, following land surveying and engineering, which will begin in early 2019. Construction will begin in summer 2021, with the project expected to be in service in 2024, she said.
"We are still in the early stages of the project and just entering the engineering phase so we don’t have a cost estimate at this time," Gibbs said.