Basin Electric energizes western North Dakota transmission project
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.
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.