American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) Appalachian Power on Feb. 22 said that it has announced a proposed transmission line route for the 138-kV Commonwealth Crossing Transmission Line Project, which aims to increase the development potential of the Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre (CCBC).
According to the project’s website, the $7m project is located just south of Martinsville near the Virginia-North Carolina border.
According to a project fact sheet, the approximately five-mile line will start from a connection point off Appalachian Power’s existing Fieldale-Dan River 138-kV transmission line. The height of the structures range between 80 feet to 100 feet tall, and the typical right of way will be 100 feet wide, the fact sheet noted.
When completed, the new line will provide the 726-acre, rail-served CCBC with a robust power source capable of attracting advanced manufacturing companies to Henry County, Va., the company said in its statement.
The company noted that it announced the preliminary study segments last September, and gave landowners and community members an opportunity to provide input during a public open house.
Charity Kreher, Appalachian Power project manager, said in the statement, in part, “With the community’s help, we were able to choose a route that minimizes impact on the environment and the local area.”
The company noted that it plans to provide a project update to the Henry County Board of Supervisors on Feb. 28, and that construction is expected to begin once the CCBC secures a tenant. Construction is expected to take about 18 months to complete, the company said.