TransWest/Western – TransWest Express Transmission Line – US - Project Profile
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TransWest Express LLC (TransWest), a wholly owned affiliate of The Anschutz Corporation, and Western Area Power Administration (Western), is planning to undertake the construction of a high-voltage direct current transmission (HVDC) from Wyoming to Las Vegas in Desert Southwest region, the US.
The project involves the construction of a 1,166.77km, 600kV HVDC line that is able to deliver 3,000MW of renewable energy.
The project will include the construction of substations, transmission stations, distribution substations and related facilities, the installation of electric feeder systems, and the laying of electric line.
The project is one of the US government’s 50 priority infrastructure projects listed under the "Priority List: Emergency & National Security Projects" document.
In January 2009, TransWest filed drafted preliminary plan of development with Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
In the third quarter of 2010, TransWest initiated an environmental impact statement (EIS) along with BLM and Western Area Power Administration (Western).
AECOM supported BLM and Western in preparation of EIS as third party consultant.
In January 2011, BLM began public scoping for an environmental impact statement (EIS) and issued its notice of intent.
On August 6, 2012, Southwest Wind–Generated Power Line was set for federal review.
In July 2013, BLM released the draft EIS for a 90-day public comment period.
In March 2014, TransWest and Western entered into a joint development agreement.
In April 2015, draft EIS was finalized.
In July 2015, a final impact statement has been released and a transmission line corridor has been chosen. The selected route comes into Nevada at Ursine, to Crestline and Haypress, then drops south past Barclay, into Garden Spring and Summit Spring and joins an existing line cutting through the southeastern edge of the state at Gourd Spring north of Flat Top Mesa.
Record of Decision (ROD) was signed by WAPA.
Planning activities are underway.
The project involves the construction of a 1,166.77km, 600kV HVDC from south-central Wyoming to Las Vegas in Desert Southwest region, the US.
The US$3,000 million project includes the following:
1. Construction of substations
2. Construction of transmission stations
3. Construction of distribution substations
4. Installation of transformers
5. Installation of electric feeder systems
6. Laying of high-Tension wires
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