China Draw-Phantom-Roadrunner 345 kV Transmission Line Project

The proposed China Draw-Phantom-Roadrunner 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission line project includes approximately 40 miles of new 345 kV transmission line between the existing China Draw Substation located about 22 miles south of Carlsbad, New Mexico, the new proposed Phantom Substation located about 18 miles southeast of Malaga, NM, and the Roadrunner Substation about 20 miles northwest of Jal. 

The project will increase electric reliability and create capacity for anticipated load growth in the area. 

In December 2018 Xcel Energy accepted a Notice to Construct from the Southwest Power Pool approved a Notice to Construct the project.  The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission must grant a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) for the project. The proposed in-service date for the project is November 2021. 

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Quick Facts
Estimated length
40 miles
Final cost
$100 million
Proposed in-service date
November 15, 2021