PORTALES (KSEL)- According to the monthly News Letter from Xcel Energy, powering southeast New Mexico will require 300 miles of new distribution and 100 miles of transmission line to be built this year. Currently, work is underway on a $65 million, 345-kilovolt transmission line stretching 34-miles in lower Eddy County, New Mexico. The Eddy-Kiowa transmission line is expected to be complete in November of this year.
Work on the new 522-megawatt Sagamore Wind Project in Roosevelt County continues. Crews have completed more than 150 of the 240 wind turbine foundations.
The project represents roughly 400 construction jobs and $45 million in gross tax receipts. Over Sagamore’s lifetime, the project will generate close to 30 full-time jobs and nearly $132 million in state and local benefits.
Wind turbine components are currently arriving by train to Hobbs, New Mexico (the railhead is located at State Highway 18 and Jack Gomez Boulevard).
Base sections will arrive first, followed by generators and blades. Xcel Energy estimates it will require 1,920 shipments to deliver all the components over a six-month period.