Abengoa and Starwood Energy, a private investment firm based in Greenwich, Connecticut, have announced that their joint venture has been selected by the California Independent System Operator (California ISO) as the approved sponsor to finance, construct, own, operate and maintain the Delaney to Colorado River 500 kV transmission line project.
Abengoa and Starwood Energy will undertake joint development of a 114-mile transmission line between Delaney and Colorado River substations, reinforcing the electrical interconnection between both California and Arizona. Abengoa will undertake construction, operation and maintenance of the transmission line. Total investment was initially estimated by CAISO at about 300 million dollars.
The project is expected to reach commercial operation in 2020 and will bring economic benefits to California ratepayers.
"This new award will help us to accelerate our development in the power transmission market in the United States, where we expect to continue leveraging our global expertise in order to become a significant player in development, engineering, construction and maintenance of large transmission assets," said Santiago Seage, CEO of Abengoa.
"We are very gratified by CAISO's thorough process, analysis and decision in the selection of our joint venture as the sponsor of this new transmission project," added Himanshu Saxena, Managing Director of Starwood Energy. "This project is a continuation of Starwood Energy's very successful track record of developing essential energy infrastructure projects. We are looking forward to making this project a success for all stakeholders and to helping California meet its ambitious energy objectives."