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Hobbs−China Draw Transmission Line, US [free access]

May 2, 2018

Developer: Xcel Energy


Project details and status: The project is part of the larger Power for the Plains project. It has been proposed to provide a new source of bulk power to meet the growing electricity demands in the Eddy and Lea counties.


The USD163 million project comprises nearly 90 miles (145 km) of 345 kV transmission line between the Hobbs Plant substation located about 11 miles (18 km) northwest of Hobbs, New Mexico, and the new China Draw substation located about 22 miles (35 km) south of Carlsbad, New Mexico. The project will be constructed in three segments − Hobbs Plant substation to the new Kiowa substation located about 15 miles (24 km) northeast of Carlsbad; Kiowa substation to the new North Loving substation located about 8 miles (13 km) southeast of Carlsbad; and North Loving substation to the China Draw substation.


In May 2016, Xcel Energy submitted its application to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) for the certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN), following which the approval was granted in November 2016.


In April 2017, Xcel Energy initiated construction works for the project.


As of April 2018, the line was expected to be commissioned in June 2018.