McHenry-Magic City 230 kV Transmission Line Project

Estimated in-service Date: December 2018
Voltage: 230 kV line
Estimated length: 20 miles
Estimated cost: $21 million

Recent growth in and around the City of Minot is resulting in the need for additional electric power. To continue to meet those needs, Xcel Energy plans to enhance the electric transmission system by constructing the proposed 230 kilovolt (kV) Magic City-McHenry transmission line and substation southeast of Minot. The approximately 20-mile transmission line would run between the existing McHenry Substation near Velva and the proposed Magic City Substation located near the Minot waste water treatment facility (view map below). The estimated $21 million project has an estimated in-service date of December 2018.

Project Purpose
The project will provide increased reliability of electric service in the Minot area by adding another source of electricity. Before the project can be built, Xcel Energy must obtain approval from the North Dakota Public Service Commission and local governments in the project area.

Tom Hillstrom
Permitting Manager

Additional Resources & Maps
Detailed Project Maps (PDF)
December 2015 Open House (PDF)
Eminent Domain (PDF)
North Dakota Regulatory Process (PDF)
Overhead vs. Underground (PDF)
EMF Fact Sheet (PDF)
Birds and Power Lines (PDF)