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Xcel Energy upgrades substations in New Mexico

345 kV Carpenter Substation Hugoton Kansas Xcel Energy

To support Xcel Energy’s “Power for the Plains” project, Energy Erectors Inc. announced that it has completed a 115/12.47kV substation in Artesia, N.M., which is one in a series of substation construction projects and upgrades to help Xcel Energy’s grid reliability in New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma.

345-kV switchyard in Hobbs, N.M.

The new Artesia substation will replace the current 69/13.2kV substation.

As the population increases in New Mexico and Texas service territories, load increases as well, and substations play a critical role in handling a growing demand for energy.

In the past year, Energy Erectors also completed approximately 16 other projects including constructing a 230/115 kV two-terminal ring bus design and installation of a 230/115kV transformer. In 2018, Energy Erectors constructed the 345 kV Carpenter Substation in Hugoton, Kan., for Xcel Energy.

Xcel Energy runs approximately 20,000 miles of transmission lines and more than 1,200 substations across 10 states, serving 22,000-MW of customer load. Energy Erectors supports the utility’s goal of completing up to 200 additional miles of transmission lines and 11 substations by 2021.

345-kV switchyard in Hobbs, N.M.

“Our construction of the Artesia substation included installation of conductors and high-voltage, low-voltage connections as well as connections for bus work and building civil infrastructure at and around the site,” said Darren Webb, vice president for Energy Erectors.

“Energy Erectors’ work supports our ability to move power into and around the area if there are outages on other major lines,” added Shane Woodard, operations manager for Xcel Energy.