Appalachian Power seeks extension for completion of construction of 138-kV line in Virginia

Appalachian Power Company, in a March 21 motion, asked that the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) extend by six months the date for completion of construction of the South Lynchburg Area Improvements 138-kV Transmission Line Project.

As TransmissionHub reported, the SCC in June 2014 granted the company’s request for a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) to build and operate the project, subject to such conditions as one that calls for the company to conduct an on-site delineation of all wetlands and stream crossings within the project area with verification from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

According to TransmissionHub data, the project, which is a planned transmission enhancement in the Lynchburg, Va., region, will consist of a new Lynbrook substation as well as a new nine-mile, 138-kV line to the existing South Lynchburg substation. The project is being proposed to ensure adequate and reliable electrical service in the area, as well as to accommodate potential growth.

In its March 21 motion, the company said that the June 2014 order required the project to be built and in service by June 30, 2017, but granted the company leave to apply for an extension for good cause shown.

The company said that it has made significant progress developing the project since the order was issued in 2014, and has successfully completed many pre-construction activities, including ground surveying, environmental studies, custom structure design, and the bulk of material procurement.

However, the company said that it has experienced longer design and engineering time with the project than expected when it filed its application. The company said that the six-month extension would allow it sufficient time to complete the project and place it in service.

“Appalachian respectfully requests that the commission extend the date for completion of the project by six months to December 30, 2017, with the right to request a further extension for good cause shown,” the company said.

Appalachian Power is a utility subsidiary of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP).

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