2,100 MW MISO-PJM Transmission Line Developers Choose Engineering Company
Prysmian Group cable supplier, engineering
Line under which to pass, adjacent to the existing railway line
Seeks to simplify the implementation, allowing challenges
A 2,100 MW power transmission project advanced on June 21 when developer SOO Green HVDC Link selected Prysmian Group to provide cables and engineering work for the project under a 900 million contract. of dollars to build the line connecting the Midwestern independent system operator’s markets with PJM Interconnection, SOO Green said in a statement.
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In what the developers call the first link in a national clean energy grid, the project involves a 350 mile underground 525 kV high voltage direct current transmission line designed to run alongside existing rail corridors from Iowa to Illinois.
SOO Green will provide “abundant, low-cost renewable energy to population centers from Chicago to the mid-Atlantic region,” according to a statement.
Direct Connect Development Company is the Minneapolis-based transmission development company that advances the SOO Green HVDC link. The project is financially supported by Danish infrastructure partners in Copenhagen, Siemens Energy and New Jersey-based Jingoli Power, and includes exclusive strategic partnerships with Canadian Pacific Railways and OmniTRAX, according to the DCDC website.
The construction part of the project, currently being finalized, will be carried out by Jingoli Power and will be added to the overall value of the contract, with Prysmian being responsible for the “full turnkey contact”, which is also being finalized, according to the statement. .
The total scope of work of the Prysmian group, based in Italy, includes engineering, project management, production, logistics, installation (including the laying of submarines), surveillance and ongoing maintenance, Justine David, spokesperson for Prysmian, said in an email.
The HVDC cables will be manufactured at Prysmian’s plant in Abbeville, South Carolina.
“As seen recently in Texas and California, the United States must invest in their transmission infrastructure and SOO Green’s underground rail co-location model is a game-changer that can be replicated nationally to build a clean energy grid, ”said Trey, CEO of Direct Connect. Ward said in the statement.
Overcome implementation challenges
Construction of new large multi-state transmission projects in the United States has been difficult due to the required permits from several local municipalities, counties, states and various other agencies, in addition to opposition from affected landowners and various groups. .
For example, the 1,200 MW New England Clean Energy Connect transmission line that would supply Canadian hydropower to the ISO New England power grid faced further opposition in January when critics launched a second referendum in Maine for stop the project.
Opponents of transmission lines submitted a total of 100,944 signatures on January 21 as part of their efforts to include an item on the November ballot that would require legislative approval for some transmission line projects. Maine Secretary of State Sheenna Bellows said in February that 80,506 signatures were valid. The article will appear on the ballot for the November 2, 2021 election
In order to avoid such siting and permit issues, the SOO Green project seeks to replicate the model used to successfully build the US fiber optic network by placing an underground HVDC transmission line along an existing railroad track. from north-central Iowa to northern Illinois, according to the company’s website.
President Joe Biden’s US employment plan adopted a similar logic to spur the development of transmission.
The plan envisions the creation of a new grid deployment authority at the Department of Energy that would better leverage existing rights-of-way – along roads and railways – and support creative financing tools to boost transmission lines. high-voltage additional high-priority, the White House said in a statement.
Prysmian does not have a line of sight into the authorization process, David said, but SOO Green HVDC Link will notify landowners adjacent to the railroad before crews begin surveys and other work, according to the website. the society.
SOO Green HVDC Link will hold briefings in each of the project counties, the website said.
Execution of the project will begin in 2023, David said.