Quanta Services has secured an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from American Electric Power (AEP) for the recently announced 2GW Wind Catcher Generation Tie Line.
Wind Catcher Tie Line will consist of about 350 miles of a single circuit 765kV power line located between Guymon and Tulsa, Oklahoma, and two new substations. As per the contract, Quanta will provide turnkey EPC services for the entire project.
The construction phase of the project is estimated to generate about 1000 local jobs across Oklahoma, supported by technical and engineering operations in Texas.
When completed, the project will deliver wind energy generated from Wind Catcher wind farm, which will be located in western Oklahoma, to energy consumers across the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.
The project is expected to start in the later part of 2018 and is expected to be completed in late 2020.
Presently, Quanta is providing an early-phase support services to AEP. The contract is also subject to AEP receiving the necessary approvals from the state and federal regulatory authorities.
Quanta Services president and CEO Duke Austin said: "We are pleased to provide an innovative solution to a long-standing customer and partner. Quanta has built more high-voltage electric transmission infrastructure in North America than any other specialty contractor, with industry-leading experience constructing 765kV power lines.
“Quanta brings significant scope, scale and financial resources, as well as a track record of safely executing large, complex projects. We are confident that our collaborative process will provide benefits to the communities this project is designed to serve and appreciate AEP's confidence in our ability to safely execute on the Wind Catcher Tie Line project."