AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company’s (SWEPCO) 161-kV Chambers Spring–Farmington AECC Project is expected to be in-service in June 2017, a company spokesperson told TransmissionHub on Feb. 15.
As noted on the project’s website, SWEPCO will rebuild about 11 miles of existing 161-kV transmission line and complete related substation upgrades. The project will ensure continued reliable power in Benton and Washington Counties, Ark., the company said.
The company spokesperson noted that preconstruction activities will be complete late this spring on the approximately $12m project.
The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) identified the need to rebuild the line to address overloads, the company said on its website, adding that SPP subsequently directed SWEPCO to rebuild the line and complete upgrades at the Chambers Spring and Farmington substations to ensure continued reliable power to the area. AECC, or the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation owns the Farmington substation.
According to a project fact sheet, the line begins at the Chambers Spring substation located northwest of the intersection of Highways 16 and 244 in Benton County and continues southeast to the Farmington AECC substation located on Gibson Hill Road about two miles west of the town of Farmington. The line will be rebuilt within existing rights of way.
The fact sheet also noted that wooden H-frame structures will be replaced with stronger steel structures and the existing wire will be replaced with new conductor.
SWEPCO is a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP).