Pattern Energy selects EPC contractors for SunZia clean energy project

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Pattern Energy has selected Quanta Services and Hitachi Energy to build its SunZia Transmission and Wind project.

SunZia Transmission and Wind project will enable access to over 3,500 MW of New Mexico wind power, providing clean, reliable, and affordable electricity across Western states.

Quanta will provide a turnkey solution for the 550-mile 525kV high-voltage direct current (HVDC) SunZia Transmission line that will deliver up to 3,000 MW of clean energy from the SunZia Wind project to the southwestern United States.

Blattner Company, a Quanta operating company, will provide turnkey solutions for the SunZia Wind facility and associated switchyard, which includes the installation of more than 900 turbines, ten substations, multiple operations and maintenance facilities, and more than 100 miles of wind generation transmission lines.

Hitachi Energy will be supplying the HVDC Converter Stations and will utilize its HVDC Light technology and MACH digital control platform for the SunZia Transmission project. This technology enables the efficient transfer and integration of huge volumes of renewable energy over long distances, significantly increasing the amount of clean power available for homes and businesses throughout the region.

“The SunZia project is changing the landscape for renewable energy, and we need to ensure we have the best team in place to help bring it to life,” said Hunter Armistead, CEO of Pattern Energy.

SunZia Transmission will open access to the western energy markets to SunZia Wind, the largest wind project in the Western Hemisphere, which is comprised of more than 3,500 MW of new wind generation located in Torrance, Lincoln, and San Miguel Counties in New Mexico.

SunZia Transmission is a 550-mile ± 525 kV high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line between central New Mexico and south-central Arizona with the capacity to transport 3,000 MW of clean, renewable energy.

SunZia Transmission and SunZia Wind projects are expected to generate $20.5 billion in economic benefit, which includes over $8 billion of direct capital investment, at no added cost to ratepayers, according to the results of an independent study conducted by research firm Energy, Economic & Environment Consultants LLC.

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