Grain Belt Express Transmission Project Signs Deals With Mo. Suppliers

NA Windpower, Friday 31 January 2014 - 10:38:58

Clean Line Energy Partners has announced agreements to source products and services from Missouri-based manufacturers ABB Inc., General Cable and Hubbell Power Systems Inc. (HPS) for its Grain Belt Express Clean Line project.

The Grain Belt project is an approximately 750-mile overhead, direct-current transmission line that will deliver up to 3.5 GW of renewable power from Kansas to communities and businesses in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and states farther east. Clean Line says ABB, General Cable and HPS employ a total of nearly 1,000 Missourians, and the project represents an approximately $500 million investment in Missouri.

Clean Line designated ABB in 2013 as the preferred supplier to manufacture alternating-current transformers for the Grain Belt Express transmission collector system, where new wind farms will connect to the project in Kansas. ABB plans to manufacture the transformers at its St. Louis, Mo., facility.

General Cable will manufacture the steel core for the transmission line conductor and manage ongoing inventory and logistics at its Sedalia, Mo., facility. Clean Line says General Cable supports its goal of developing a local supply chain and will purchase aluminum rod, made in Missouri, for the Grain Belt Express conductor by partnering with Noranda Aluminum.

HPS has been designated as the preferred supplier of insulators and hardware for the Grain Belt project. HPS will manufacture the hardware and the core of the polymer insulators at its Centralia, Mo., facility and establish a supplier base within the project area to source raw material from local businesses, including companies in Illinois and Indiana, according to Clean Line. To support Grain Belt Express, HPS will invest over $9 million in its Centralia plant.

“Clean Line Energy is committed to sourcing as many of the needed materials as possible from local companies in the Grain Belt Express project area,” says Clean Line President Michael Skelly, adding, “We believe it is increasingly important to invest in energy infrastructure that will contribute to local economies and create new jobs in communities across Missouri and the region.”





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