American Electric Power (AEP) has selected Quanta Services to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the power line for the 2GW Wind Catcher project in Oklahoma.

The link will consist of approximately 350 miles of a single circuit 765kV power line located between Guymon and Tulsa and two new substations.

Subject to AEP obtaining state and federal regulatory approvals for the project, Quanta expects construction to start in late 2018, with completion expected towards the end of 2020.

Quanta estimates that up to 1000 people could be working on the project in Oklahoma, supported by technical and engineering operations in Texas.

Once completed, the link will deliver electricity from the Wind Catcher wind farm in western Oklahoma to customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

Invenergy is developing the wind farm, which will feature 800 GE 2.5MW turbines.

AEP is seeking permission from regulators in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma to approve plans to purchase the wind farm from Invenergy upon completion.

Quanta president and chief executive Duke Austin said: “We are pleased to provide an innovative solution to a long-standing customer and partner.”

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