Mark Twain Transmission Project powered on
The Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation, has energised its 96-mile, 345,000-volt transmission line and substation built in northeast Missouri.
The line travels west from Palmyra to Kirksville and then north to the Iowa border.
In their announcement, officials touted the virtues of the project, known as the Mark Twain Transmission Project, as helping to improve energy grid reliability, increased transmission capacity and greater access to lower cost energies, including renewable sources, such as wind.
“The Mark Twain Transmission Project benefits are many,” said Shawn E. Schukar, chairman and president of Ameren Transmission Company. “In addition to making the energy grid more reliable and promoting renewable and affordable energy such as wind, it will meet energy needs not only for today but well into the future.”
The project, which cost $267 million to complete, also includes a substation near Troy Mills, a rural community in Adair County, Mo. It was placed into service on Dec. 19.
Officials also praised the use of helicopters and flight crews, who together with other contractors helped to install the transmission line, reducing the impact the construction had on landowners and greatly improved construction efficiency.
“The speed and efficiency with which this line was developed and constructed can be attributed to the ongoing collaboration and strong communication efforts we had with landowners, community representatives and with Northeast Missouri Electric Power Cooperative,” Schukar said. “Because of our focus on communication, our contract partners were able to quickly move forward on key construction phases, meet crucial deadlines, and now energize this important infrastructure project that bolsters the energy grid.”
Source: Herald Whig