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SunZia wind  and transmission projects, US

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24th May 2024

By: Sheila Barradas

Creamer Media Research Coordinator & Senior Deputy Editor

     

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Name of the Project
SunZia wind and transmission projects.

Location
Between central New Mexico and south-central Arizona, in the US.

The SunZia Wind Farm is being built across the Torrance, Lincoln and San Miguel counties, in New Mexico.

Project Owner/s
Pattern Energy.

Project Description
The project is the biggest clean energy infrastructure project in US history.

SunZia transmission is an 885 km 525 kV high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line with the capacity to transport 3 000 MW of electricity across Western states. 

The project will deliver clean power generated by Pattern Energy’s 3 515 MW SunZia Wind Farm – the biggest wind project in the Western Hemisphere, enough to cater for the needs of more than three-million Americans.

Potential Job Creation
The project will employ more than 2 000 workers on site during construction, including heavy equipment operators, electricians and labourers. The project will also use the expertise of several industry-leading suppliers and contractors. 

Capital Expenditure
Pattern closed an $11-billion nonrecourse financing deal in December 2023.

Planned Start/End Date
Construction started in December 2023. The transmission project is expected to enter operation in 2025, and the wind project in early 2026.

Latest Developments
None stated.

Key Contracts, Suppliers and Consultants
Quanta Infrastructure Services Group (engineering, procurement and construction [EPC] contractor of the transmission line) and Hitachi Energy (HVDC supplier); Blattner Energy (EPC contractor for the wind project); and GE Vernova and Vestas (wind turbines).

Contact Details for Project Information
Pattern Energy, email SunZia@patternenergy.com.
 

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor

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