Basin Electric energizes western North Dakota transmission project

Construction on the project began in 2014.

Basin Electric energized the final stretch of its Antelope Valley Station-to-Neset transmission project in mid-November.

The project consists of approximately 200 miles of new single-circuit 345-kilovolt (kV) and double-circuit 345/115-kV transmission lines, the construction of two new substations, modifications to three existing substations, river crossings, temporary construction staging sites, and other facilities.

Approximately 31 miles of 345-kV line is double-circuited with Basin Electric member Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative’s 115-kV line.

The project was constructed to provide additional electric transmission capacity in northwestern North Dakota, and help meet reliability and system stability requirements for the region.

End-of-construction activities for the project includes field visits to evaluate re-vegetation efforts and coordination of tree-planting opportunities. Construction on the project began in 2014.

According to Amanda Wangler, Basin Electric project manager III, the project at completion is estimated at $290 million – 17 percent below the budgeted amount.

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