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EIS-0296: Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement

South Oregon Coast Reinforcement Project, Coos Bay, North Bend, Oregon

Bonneville Power Administration proposes to build a 500- kilovolt (kV) transmission line and new substation to reinforce electrical service to the southern coast of the state of Oregon. Nucor Steel, a division of Nucor Corporation, may build a new steel mill in the Coos Bay/North Bend, Oregon, area. This plant would require a peak load of 150 megawatts (MW) and an instantaneous peak of 225 MW. The existing transmission system to the area does not have the capacity to serve this potential load and other anticipated load growth on the south coast of Oregon. This project will look at providing a transmission path to serve this load. The power supplier for this load is subject to state utility regulations.