Louisiana will be home to the Southern Cross Project’s western HVDC converter station and approximately 200 miles of HVDC transmission line. The converter station will be located in Desoto Parish at the border with Texas. The exact location of the transmission line will be determined over the next several months as we work with local, state, and federal agencies, permitting entities, landowners, and other parties to develop the best route. We estimate that the Project’s total investment in Louisiana will be in excess of $600 million. These investments will provide tax benefits to the numerous parishes across the state on an annual basis throughout the life of the Project.
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FERC has previously found that the interconnection of the Southern Cross Project to the ERCOT transmission system is in the public interest and that the Project will create substantial benefits both for the ERCOT and the Southeast regions. After considering the information provided by the public and other stakeholders, a final set of route alternatives will be identified. In accordance with Louisiana law, Southern Cross will determine the final route considering such issues as costs, environmental impacts, long range area planning, safety, and reasonable convenience to the landowners.
Southern Cross Transmission representatives will first attempt to openly negotiate the purchase of an easement from affected landowners. If an agreement cannot be reached, an easement can be acquired under the eminent domain laws of Louisiana as a last resort.
The Southern Cross Project is currently in the planning stage of routing, is evaluating various alternative routes, and has not determined a final route for the transmission line. The Project is currently working with federal, state, and local agencies to collect information on the study area which will be used to help develop a set of alternative routes that will be presented to the public at open houses. Following the public open houses, and comments from agencies and the public, the alternatives will be modified, analyzed and a final route will be selected.