BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Cleco and Entergy Louisiana completed the construction of a its 36-mile transmission line that will strengthen service reliability for customers across southeast Louisiana.
The new 230 kV line stretches from Gray to Patterson on steel structures designed to withstand winds between 130 to 150 mph. Entergy Louisiana’s portion of the project was completed in May of 2018. That portion runs for 24 miles from the Terrebonne substation near Gray to a point at Bayou Boeuf near Amelia.
Cleco constructed the remainder of the line between the interconnection near Amelia and its Bayou Vista substation near Patterson. Work on that section of the line was complete in March 2019. On April 17, Cleco and Entergy Louisiana energized the line.
“The project will improve power reliability and resiliency during hurricanes for customers in south Louisiana and is the second phase of three efforts by Cleco to harden the south Louisiana bulk power system,” said Bill Fontenot, president and CEO of Cleco. “Cleco’s first effort connected Eunice to west New Iberia.
Fontenot said the third, and final phase, will connect Patterson through St. Mary Parish.