Sabre Tubular Structures has been selected as a preferred supplier of transmission structures for the Rock Island Clean Line transmission project.

The company has signed an agreement with Clean Line Energy to manufacture and supply transmission structures for the 500m overhead, direct current transmission line.

The line will have the capacity to deliver up to 3,500MW of wind power from northwest Iowa and the surrounding region to communities in Illinois and other states to the east.

Apart from manufacturing transmission structures at its Iowa facilities, Sabre will also establish a supplier base within the project area, primarily Iowa and Illinois, to supply as much raw material as possible from local companies.

Iowa Economic Development Authority director Debi Durham said, "The Rock Island Clean Line project, along with leading Iowa manufacturers like Sabre, are enabling one of our state’s most abundant resources – wind – to go to market, thus creating jobs and stimulating our economy."

Clean Line president Michael Skelly said the agreement will help support a cleaner energy future.

"Clean Line is also committed to sourcing as many of the needed materials as possible from local companies in the Rock Island Clean Line project area," Skelly added.

The Rock Island Clean Line project is also expected to create thousands of construction jobs in Iowa, and spur demand for roughly 2,000 new wind turbines, apart from supporting Iowa’s manufacturing base.