The project will re-route approximately 3 miles of a 500-kilovolt transmission line located near Chisholm, Minnesota. The line relocation will allow Hibbing Taconite Company to expand their mining operations to the east. The new route will include removing and replacing approximately 13 steel lattice towers.
Work will continue through the summer and fall of 2021 with installation of structure foundations followed by erection of the new transmission towers by fall 2021. Work completion is expected by the end of 2021.
Xcel Energy worked closely with the Discovery Center, local governments, industry representatives, landowners and other stakeholders to develop an acceptable new location for the transmission line, and during the construction process. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved a permit application for the project in 2019.
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