JCP&L begins construction on second phase of 115-kV project

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has begun construction on the second phase of the Englishtown–Wyckoff Street project, an 11.5-mile, 115-kV transmission line to improve reliability in the company’s territory, a JCP&L spokesperson told TransmissionHub Feb. 25.

The first phase of the project was completed in 2013, and involved replacing or rebuilding transmission facilities along about three miles of existing right of way from a substation in Manalapan, N.J., to Millstone, N.J., the utility said in a Feb. 19 statement.

The second phase of the project involves building an eight-mile section between an existing substation in Hightstown and a transmission structure located along state highway 33 near Manalapan, JCP&L said. The 115-kV line will run within or adjacent to existing utility corridors, roadways and railroad ROW, the utility said.

The total cost of the second phase is $48m, with $18.8m expected to be spent on construction this year, the JCP&L spokesperson said. The previous expenditures included ROW and material acquisition and preparation, engineering and permitting work, the spokesperson said.

The project is expected to be in service by June and it will enhance reliability for nearly 34,000 customers in East Windsor, Englishtown, Hightstown, Manalapan, Millstone and Monroe, JCP&L said in the statement.

The Englishtown–Wyckoff Street project is part of the utility’s multi-year, $250m “Energizing the Future” transmission system enhancement program to improve reliability.

“Projects like this help make our system more resilient and help reduce the number and duration of outages our customers might experience,” Jim Fakult, president of JCP&L, said in the statement.

JCP&L is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE)