Cordoba Corporation Partners with Imperial Irrigation District on the 230 kV S-Line Upgrade Project

Cordoba Team Members stand at ground breaking ceremony

Cordoba Team Members join IID officials at S-Line ground breaking ceremony.

On Thursday, December 9, 2021, Cordoba Corporation joined officials from the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) and other project partners in celebrating the ground breaking for IID’s 230 kV S-Line Upgrade Project.

Our team is providing project and construction management for this important electric transmission project, which will enable IID to maintain reliable energy service and enhance its ability to import and export power.

Additional details are provided in the press release below from IID.

 

IID breaks ground on S-Line Upgrade Project

The Imperial Irrigation District and its partners broke ground on a new project to upgrade IID’s 230 kV S-Line, one of the district’s major transmission lines, in an effort to maintain reliable energy service while boosting the ability to import and export power.

Post Date:12/09/2021

On Thursday, December 9, 2021, Cordoba Corporation joined officials from the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) and other project partners in celebrating the ground breaking for IID’s 20kV S-Line Upgrade Project.  Our team is providing project and construction management for this important project, which will enable IID to maintain reliable energy service and enhance its ability to import and export power.  Additional details are provided in the press release below from IID.

Today, the Imperial Irrigation District and its partners broke ground on a new project to upgrade IID’s 230 kV S-Line, one of the district’s major transmission lines, in an effort to maintain reliable energy service while boosting the ability to import and export power.

Currently, the line serves as the primary path for the import and export of power through IID and into the California and Arizona energy markets. Stretching 18-miles, the S-Line’s transmission network connects the Imperial Valley and El Centro Substations. The project consists of replacing the existing line built on 293 wood poles with 184 new steel poles to provide more robust and reliable infrastructure while increasing transmission capacity available to interconnect new energy projects built in IID’s service territory.

“This transmission line is an important component for maintaining a stable and reliable power supply to IID customers and to the overall reliability of the Southern California energy grid,” said IID Board President Jim Hanks. “We are also pleased to be able to work with our partner Citizens Energy and others, on this critical project that also provides a pathway for the continued development of locally produced renewable energy.”

In October 2020, the IID Board of Directors approved the agreements necessary to move forward with the upgrade project and in November 2021, approved the funding to facilitate the project. Total estimated project cost is $55 million. It is expected to be completed in late 2022.

Citizens Energy Chief Executive Officer Peter Smith added, “We are proud to be working with IID on another energy infrastructure project with a social impact. We don’t pretend that our work together can solve all the challenges facing the struggling families of the Imperial Valley. But we don’t measure our impact by changing the whole world for the better — we just want to improve the odds for the people we help.”

Citizens Energy will fund a significant portion of the project. Citizens has also committed to furthering its aid to low-income customers by contributing one-half of its after-tax profits to fund customer programs and projects in IID’s service territory.

Other project partners include: Sunpin Solar, Cordoba Corporation, Ferreira Power West, California Independent System Operator and Imperial County.

Project Highlights:

  • The existing transmission line (a single circuit with 293 wood poles) will be replaced with a new transmission line featuring 184 steel poles.
  • Includes 18 miles of new fiber optic wire.
  • As part of the process, some distribution facilities will be redesigned, relocated and modified.
  • Estimated project cost: $55 million.
  • Estimated completion date: Late 2022

To view the factsheet, click here.


IID Board President James C. Hanks. 

IID, project partners and local officials at the S-Line groundbreaking
IID, project partners and local officials shoveling dirt
Alex Cardenas, Marilyn del Bosque Gilbert, Peter F. Smith, Henry Martinez, James C. Hanks, Javier Gonzalez, Marsel Kamberaj, Jesus E. Escobar and Ray Castillo. 

S-Line Upgrade Project Groundbreaking
S-Line Upgrade Project Groundbreaking ceremony.