The transmission line will deliver wind energy generated in eastern Wyoming to California and the southwestern US.

The joint venture has acquired the transmission project from a subsidiary of Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy.

The Zephyr project would originate in Chugwater and terminate in the Eldorado Valley just south of Las Vegas, US state of Nevada.

The 500kV high-voltage direct current project, estimated at approximately $3.5b, will include an AC/DC converter station at each terminus.

Currently, Pathfinder is developing a wind power project on more than 100,000 acres near Chugwater, Wyoming, and has committed to use at least 2,100MW of the Zephyr project’s 3,000MW capacity.

Furthermore, DATC will continue its studies, begin environmental analysis, and design routing and siting before seeking regulatory approvals in 2012.

The transmission line if approved, will be in service in 2020.