PA Consulting (PA) on June 7 announced the open solicitation for the initial allocation of transmission capacity on the 732-mile, high voltage interregional TransWest Express Transmission Project (TWE Project).
As noted in the statement posted on the project website, TransWest Express LLC (TransWest) has retained PA as the independent solicitation manager (ISM) for the open solicitation, through which TransWest is seeking interest in the project from potential customers.
The open solicitation will include two primary long-term, firm transmission service products: up to 1,500 MW Wyoming to Utah point-to-point service, and up to 1,500 MW Wyoming to Nevada service. Each of those products will provide transmission service from Wyoming to market off-take points in Utah and Nevada, the statement added.
In the open solicitation, prospective transmission customers can seek transmission capacity on the project consistent with the product offering, the statement noted, adding that FERC granted TransWest’s request to sell transmission capacity at negotiated rates and approved the proposed capacity allocation process in a February order (Docket No. ER21-645-000).
The statement further noted that a notice of open solicitation and information memorandum are available on the open solicitation website, with completed statements of interest due to PA Consulting by 5 p.m. MT on Aug. 6.
According to the notice of solicitation, the new transmission line will extend from Carbon County, Wyo., to Clark County, Nev., with interconnections in Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada.
The project includes a 3,000-MW HVDC line from Wyoming to Utah, and a 1,500-MW HVAC line from Utah to Nevada.
The notice also said that construction is anticipated to begin in 2022, with the project to be in service as early as 2025.
TransWest is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Anschutz Corporation, according to the notice.