Houston-based Quanta Services Inc. has been selected by American Electric Power (AEP) to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) solutions for the Wind Catcher Generation Tie Line, which will be part of Invenergy’s planned 2 GW Wind Catcher wind farm in the Oklahoma panhandle.
The anticipated contract value for the project makes it the largest in Quanta’s history, the company says. The Wind Catcher Tie Line consists of approximately 350 miles of a single-circuit, 765 kV power line located between Guymon and Tulsa, Okla., and two new substations.
Quanta, providing turnkey EPC services for the entire project, estimates that up to 1,000 people could be working on the project in Oklahoma, supported by technical and engineering operations in Texas. Once completed, the Wind Catcher Tie Line would deliver energy from the Wind Catcher wind farm in western Oklahoma to customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.
“We are pleased to provide an innovative solution to a long-standing customer and partner,” says Duke Austin, Quanta’s president and CEO.
Quanta expects construction to begin in late 2018 and to be completed in late 2020. The project is subject to AEP’s obtaining state and federal regulatory approvals.