Clean Line designated ABB as the preferred supplier to manufacture alternating current transformers for the Grain Belt Express transmission collector system, where new wind farms will connect to the project in Kansas. ABB plans to manufacture the transformers at its St. Louis, Missouri facility. The agreement will represent 20 jobs at the facility.
Clean Line Energy has agreements with General Cable for its Plains & Eastern Clean Line and Grain Belt Express Clean Line projects. Clean Line agreed to purchase cable manufactured at General Cable’s Malvern, Arkansas, facility for the Plains & Eastern Clean Line. The supply order could be worth $100 million or more depending on commodity prices. General Cable will also manufacture the steel core for the Grain Belt Express Clean Line transmission conductor and manage ongoing inventory and logistics at its Sedalia, Missouri facility. General Cable supports Clean Line’s goal of developing a local supply chain and will purchase aluminum rod, made in Missouri by partnering with Noranda Aluminum. This partnership will support an expansion of Noranda’s redraw rod production capacity at its aluminum smelter near New Madrid, Missouri.
Clean Line has designated Hubbell Power Systems, Inc. (HPS) as the preferred supplier of insulators and hardware for the Grain Belt Express transmission line. HPS will manufacture the hardware and the core of the polymer insulators at its Centralia, Missouri facility and establish a supplier base within the project area to source raw material from local businesses, including companies in Illinois and Indiana. To support Grain Belt Express, HPS will invest over $9 million in its Centralia, Missouri plant, where the company employs approximately 600 people. The Grain Belt Express partnership will create an estimated 52 jobs at the Centralia facility for two to three years.
Clean Line selected Kiewit as its EPC Alliance Partner for the Rock Island Clean Line, and the two parties have entered into a development agreement. Under the agreement, Kiewit will provide development support and construction management services for the project. Kiewit has extensive experience in using local content and local labor for construction projects, which was a key criterion in Clean Line’s selection process. In late 2011, Clean Line and Kiewit co-hosted several local business open houses in Illinois to introduce local companies to the Rock Island Clean Line and to explore opportunities to utilize them for the construction of the project.
Clean Line has an agreement in place with Pelco Structural LLC (Pelco) by which Pelco will be a preferred supplier for the tubular steel transmission structures that will be used for the Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission line project. Under the agreement, Pelco will supply structures from its facility with approximately 100 employees in Claremore, Oklahoma. Pelco will make engineering resources available to aid in design of structures and support ongoing development and construction efforts for the Plains & Eastern Clean Line. Clean Line's potential future supply order from Pelco could be worth $300 million or more depending on commodity prices and the amount of structures purchased.
Clean Line designated Iowa-based manufacturer, Sabre Tubular Structures, a Division of Sabre Industries, Inc. (Sabre) as a preferred supplier of transmission structures for the Rock Island Clean Line transmission project. The transmission structures will be produced in Sabre's Iowa facilities. Sabre will establish a supplier base within the project area, primarily Iowa and Illinois, to supply as much raw material as possible from local companies. Sabre’s Iowa facilities employ approximately 450 people in a variety of positions including fabricating, welding, shipping and administration. The Rock Island Clean Line and Sabre Industries will create opportunities for manufacturing jobs and help Iowa maintain its leadership in the wind energy industry.
Clean Line Energy has an agreement with Sediver (a business unit of Seves Group) to source glass insulators for the Plains & Eastern Clean Line project from a new manufacturing facility and testing laboratory that Sediver will build and operate in West Memphis, Arkansas. Sediver is a world leader in overhead transmission and distribution line insulator technology and has been serving leading utility customers throughout the world for the last 70 years. Clean Line selected Sediver not only because their toughened glass insulator technology ensures the best reliability for direct current technology transmission projects, but also because Sediver committed to manufacturing the insulators at their new state of the art facility scheduled to open in West Memphis, Arkansas in 2016. Rene Tabouret, CEO of Sediver, said of the agreement, “We are excited to be back in the United States and to be able to contribute to cutting-edge renewable energy infrastructure projects like the Plains & Eastern Clean Line.” The Sediver facility will employ more than 70 Arkansans when it opens, and the agreement furthers Clean Line’s commitment to partnering with local companies.
Clean Line Energy has an exclusive agreement with Siemens to provide direct current technology solutions for the Rock Island Clean Line transmission project. In addition to providing detailed technical expertise to the development team, Siemens and Clean Line will work together to develop, design, and implement the HVDC converter stations, where the direct current will be converted to alternating current and vice-versa. Siemens, already a key participant in the Iowa wind industry with a manufacturing facility in Fort Madison, is a natural fit to provide technical services for this major infrastructure project.