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ITC Great Plains LLC, in conjunction with Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC), has placed its Hugo-Valliant high-voltage electric transmission line and substation project in southeastern Oklahoma into service.

The 18-mile, 345 kV line and 345 kV/138 kV substation were implemented to reduce system congestion, provide more efficient and cost-effective transmission of energy and increase access to a broader range of generation resources, according to the companies. The substation, located near WFEC's Hugo power plant, provides a link to the WFEC 138 kV transmission system.

ITC's investment in the new high-voltage infrastructure in the Southwest Power Pool region, is founded upon open access to the grid and collaboration with key energy stakeholders, the company says.

"Completion of the ITC 345 kV project should reduce transmission congestion, improve reliability and reinforce long-term economics of the Hugo plant," says Gary Roulet, CEO of WFEC.

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