SWEPCO to host open house April 6 in Shreveport, La., on proposed rebuild project

AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) will host an informational open house on April 6 in Shreveport, La., regarding its proposed plans to rebuild about 1.7 miles of existing 69-kV transmission line in Shreveport.

The estimated $6m Stoner Hill Area Improvements project will ensure continued reliability to the area and will provide vital support for local economic development, the company added in its April 5 statement.

The project will involve replacing poles and wires on about 1.2 miles, the company said on its website, adding that the new steel poles will support new transmission conductor. On the remaining half-mile of line, the company will replace the wires on the existing poles. Those improvements are required to meet updated standards and to enhance the reliability of the local transmission system, the company added, noting that upgrades will also be made at the Fort Humbug substation and Broadmoor substation.

The route begins at the company’s Fort Humbug substation, which is located near the corner of Viking Drive and East Jordan Street in Stoner Hill, the company said in its statement, adding that the line parallels Viking Drive and C.E. Galloway Boulevard to Zeke Drive, just off of East Kings Highway. The line ends at the Broadmoor substation, which is located off of Shreveport Barksdale Highway, the company said.

Further discussing the project’s need, the company said on its website that the Southwest Power Pool identified the need for the upgrades to bring the system up to current standards and to address local electricity supply concerns.

The company also said that the project is part of a greater initiative to bolster the electrical system in the Shreveport-Bossier area, adding that the line was originally built in 1951. The company said that it expects to complete the project in late 2017.

SWEPCO is a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP).

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