AEP Ohio Transco to seek approval for proposed 138-kV rebuild project

American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) AEP Ohio Transmission Company (AEP Ohio Transco) on March 16 filed a pre-application notification letter with the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) regarding its proposed Speidel–Barnesville 138-kV Transmission Line Rebuild Project, which involves rebuilding and upgrading about four miles of existing power lines.

The project traverses Warren Township in Belmont County, the company said, adding that the last major reinforcement in that area was done more than 60 years ago. The existing 69-kV facilities, which were built in the 1940s, would be replaced with 138-kV lines and structures that are somewhat taller and of sturdier construction. The upgraded transmission line would allow the lines to carry more current, the company added.

AEP Ohio Transco anticipates that the project, an approximate $5m investment, would contribute about $150,000 in property taxes annually to the community. The company also noted that it anticipates completion of the project in 2018.

The company said that it expects to file an application for a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the Speidel–Barnesville project with the OPSB in May.

Among other things, the company said that it plans to hold a public information meeting on March 29 in Barnesville, Ohio.