Monthly Project Review February 2017

February was a slower month for transmission updates with only two new projects announced, according to TransmissionHub data.

Indiana Michigan Power, a subsidiary of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP), has plans for a new two-mile, 69-k V underground transmission line between the new Muessel and Rapids substations. The $20m Central South Bend Reliability project is needed to improve reliability in the region and is expected to be completed late 2019.

Central Hudson Gas and Electric, subsidary of Fortis (NYSE:FTS), announced the new G Line North rebuild. The project involves replacing an existing transmission line between the Todd Hill and Bushwick Road substations. The approximately eight-mile rebuild is needed to ensure reliability in Dutchess County, N.Y. Central Hudson expects to complete the line by summer 2018.

Multiple projects saw changes in February. For instance, Alberta PowerLine General Partner Ltd., received approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission for its proposed Fort McMurray West 500-kV transmission project. The estimated cost of the project is approximately C$1.6bn, and the project is expected to be completed by 2019.

AEP’s Appalachian Power on Feb. 22 said that it has announced a proposed route for its planned Commonwealth Crossing Transmission Line Project, which involves an approximately five-mile, 138-kV transmission line. The project is needed to ensure reliability in Martinsville County, Va., and it is expected to energized by 2018.

AEP’s AEP Ohio Transmission Company (AEP Ohio Transco) had three projects approved by the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB). One of the projects approved is the approximately eight-mile, 138-kV South Caldwell to Macksburg transmission line. The project is part of the overall Marietta Area Improvements Project to improve reliability in the region and it is expected to be in service in summer 2018.

Another AEP Ohio Transco project approved by the OPSB is the Speidel-Barnesville 138-kV rebuild, which involves rebuilding the existing Speidel-Barnesville 69-kV Transmission Line, which services the village of Barnesville and was built in 1914. AEP Ohio Transco estimates that the total applicable intangible and capital costs for the project is about $16.6m for the preferred route.

The other AEP Ohio Transco project approved by the OPSB is the Barnesville-Summerfield rebuild. The preferred route for that project is about 15.8 miles long and predominantly parallels the existing Barnesville-Summerfield 69-kV Transmission Line. AEP Ohio Transco estimates that the total applicable intangible and capital costs for the project is about $32.6m.

Entergy‘s (NYSE:ETR) Entergy Arkansas Inc. – in a Feb. 27 order signed by an Arkansas Public Service Commission administrative law judge – was granted a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need for the company’s planned Jim Hill Upgrades project, which is a planned rebuild of an existing 115-kV line to 161-kV standards. The project is needed to ensure reliability in the region. According to the company, the estimated cost of the proposed electrical facilities is $67.2m; crews are scheduled to begin right of way survey and preparation in 2Q17, continuing through 3Q17, the order said. Construction of the proposed line would begin in 4Q17, and completion of the facilities is projected for 2Q19, according to the order.