January 8 (Renewables Now) - The Public Service Company (PSO) of Oklahoma last week announced the route for a transmission line that will carry electricity from the 2-GW Wind Catcher wind farm in Oklahoma to several other states.
The Wind Catcher Energy Connection project includes a huge wind park with a 360-mile (579-km) single circuit 765-kV power line and two substations. The USD-4.5-billion (EUR 3.7bn) scheme is a joint initiative of the PSO and Southwestern Electric Power Co (SWEPCO).
The proposed 800-turbine wind farm will be constructed in Cimarron and Texas counties in the western panhandle of Oklahoma and will supply power to Oklahoma, parts of Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. The power line will follow a “more northerly route among the line routes considered," PSO said last week. Three segments of the transmission line route have not been finalised yet as additional public input is needed. The PSO will hold open houses with landowners between January 29 and January 31.
Construction of the Wind Catcher complex, which will use 2.5-MW General Electric turbines, has already been launched and is expected to be completed by end-2020. Development of the power line began in the summer of 2017.
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