ETT files application to build transmission line from Barney Davis substation to Naval Base substation
Electric Transmission Texas, LLC (ETT) has filed an application with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) to construct a proposed single-circuit 138-kV transmission line in Nueces County from ETT's Barney Davis substation to AEP Texas Central Company's (TCC) Naval Base substation.
ETT is a joint venture between subsidiaries of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) and Berkshire Hathaway Energy.
The project is necessary to maintain transmission service reliability to Flour Bluff, portions of Corpus Christi, and the North Padre-Mustang Island area. The project was endorsed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Jan. 24, 2013. The ERCOT endorsement also requires TCC to install a new 138/69 kV autotransformer at the Naval Base substation.
"This project provides support to the Corpus Christi area transmission network and reduces the possibility of loss of electric load during certain network conditions, such as the scheduled maintenance of transmission facilities," said ETT President Calvin Crowder.
At Naval Base substation, TCC also will construct a new 69-kV Gas Insulated Substation (GIS) to improve the service reliability of the substation equipment and install a new 138-kV/69 kV autotransformer and 138-kV termination facilities for the new line termination. ETT will construct the new 138-kV termination facilities at the Barney Davis substation.
ETT anticipates construction of the project to begin in April 2016, and the new transmission line will be energized by December 2016. Based on preliminary routing, the transmission project could total from 6.1 to 16.1 miles. The final route length will depend on which route is approved by the PUCT. The approximate cost of the entire project is expected to range between $33.1 million and $50 million.
Official notifications were mailed May 16 to all potentially affected landowners, along with maps of the proposed routes. A similar notice will be published in area newspapers. In addition, public input was gathered at jointly hosted public open houses held in October 2013. More information can be found at www.ETTexas.com.
About Electric Transmission Texas, LLC
ETT is a joint venture between subsidiaries of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) and Berkshire Hathaway Energy, formerly MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company. The joint venture acquires, constructs, owns and operates transmission facilities within ERCOT, primarily in and around the AEP Texas Central Company and AEP Texas North Company service territories. More information about ETT can be found at www.ettexas.com.
AEP, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5.3 million customers in 11 states. AEP (www.aep.com) has extensive experience building extra-high-voltage 765-kV transmission lines and owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes 2,100 miles of 765-kV transmission lines, more than all other U.S. transmission systems combined.
About Berkshire Hathaway Energy
Berkshire Hathaway Energy owns a portfolio of locally managed businesses that share a vision for the energy future, make sustainable investments to achieve that vision, and had $70 billion of assets as of Dec. 31, 2013. These businesses deliver safe, reliable service each day to more than 8.4 million customers and end users around the world and consistently rank high among energy companies in customer satisfaction. Berkshire Hathaway Energy is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Learn more and see a complete list of our businesses at www.berkshirehathawayenergyco.com.
MidAmerican Transmission, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, is committed to the development and long-term ownership of transmission lines throughout the U.S. and Canada. The company has developed approximately $1.6 billion of transmission projects at 345 kilovolts and higher and has experience in traditional utility and stand-alone transmission projects.
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