July 31 (Renewables Now) - Quanta Services Inc (NYSE:PWR) said today it has been picked by American Electric Power Co Inc (NYSE:AEP) to build the power line that will carry energy from the 2-GW Wind Catcher wind farm in Oklahoma to several states in the region.
The Wind Catcher Generation Tie Line project includes a 350-mile (563-km) single circuit 765-kV power line that will run from Guymon to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and two new substations. Quanta said it will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the entire project under what will likely be the largest contract in its history.
The speciality contractor is supplying early-phase project support services to AEP and, subject to AEP getting required state and federal regulatory approvals, it expects to start construction in the later part of 2018. Completion is anticipated in late 2020.
The Wind Catcher Tie Line will transport electricity from the Wind Catcher wind farm in western Oklahoma to customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. The wind farm developer Invenergy Renewables LLC last week said that General Electric (NYSE:GE) has been selected as turbine supplier for the 2-GW facility. According to that announcement, AEP utility subsidiaries Public Service Co of Oklahoma (PSO) and Southwestern Electric Power Co (SWEPCO) are asking regulators in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma to approve plans to purchase the wind park from Invenergy following completion and to build the power line.