Abengoa secures transmission line upgrade contract in California



Abengoa (ABG) has secured a contract from Imperial Irrigation District (IID) to carry out a power transmission project to upgrade a 230kV transmission line and substations in California.


ABG said the ‘Path 42’ project is part of a plan to extend the power network being developed by Imperial Irrigation District, to increase the capacity of the network and enable access to new sources of renewable energy in California.

In a move to bolster its electric transmission system for internal system reliability and the export of renewable energy generation, Imperial Irrigation District approved the Coachella Valley-Ramon/Devers 230-kV transmission line upgrade project in August of 2011.

Known as “Path 42,” the upgraded transmission lines will have the needed capacity to transport 700 additional megawatts (MW) of power. The path was constructed to meet the transmission needs of the renewable generators in IID’s service territory.

Stretching 20 miles north of Interstate 10 from Coachella to Thousand Palms, Path 42 will interconnect with its neighboring utility, Southern California Edison (SCE).

Path 42 is an electrical gateway for the flow of power north, adding flexibility to the system and helping to deliver renewable energy generation to markets within the CAISO grid, according to the IID.

Under the contract, ABG’s scope of work will involve reconductoring a total of 32km of a 230kV transmission line, as well as the upgrading the existing substations, under a turnkey format.

The company will also be responsible for the engineering, construction and commissioning, to ensure the highest levels of quality in every process.

The project is slated to take 12 months to complete and will be delivered in April 2014.

ABG will not retain any interest in the constructed assets.

The project will enable part of the region’s energy to be supplied in an efficient and sustainable way.