The China Draw-Wood Draw 115 kV transmission line consists of 14 miles of new 115 kV transmission line between the new China Draw substation located about 22 miles south of Carlsbad and the Wood Draw substation located about 29 miles southeast of Carlsbad.
The project will improve reliability and provide additional 115 kV capacity for the growing electricity demand in Eddy and Lea Counties.
On April 29, 2014, the Southwest Power Pool approved the issuance of 44 Notices to Construct to Xcel Energy’s Southwest Public Service Company for new transmission facilities in New Mexico needed between now and 2020 at a cost of $557 million. Xcel Energy plans to build all of the approved facilities including construction of 12 new substations and upgrades to nine existing substations, as well as 149 miles of new 115 kV and 245 miles of new 345 kV transmission lines.
The China Draw-Wood Draw 115 kV transmission line project was placed in-service on June 15, 2017. The cost of the project was $16 million.