An open house was held on March 30 in Mountainburg, Ark., regarding Southwestern Electric Power Company’s (SWEPCO) Greenland-Van Buren Transmission Line Rebuild Project, a company spokesperson told TransmissionHub on March 31.
“Project planning continues with construction expected to begin this fall,” the spokesperson said.
As noted in a March 28 company statement, the project involves rebuilding about 42 miles of existing 69-kV transmission line in Washington and Crawford counties in Arkansas. The company further noted that the estimated $40m project involves replacing aging wooden poles and transmission line with single steel poles and new conductor in the company’s existing easements.
The line starts at the Greenland substation, located off of North Cato Springs Road, and travels southwest through Washington County to a point just east of Odell, SWEPCO said. The line then continues south into Crawford County, where it ends at the VBI North substation, which is owned by Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp., on the north side of Van Buren, SWEPCO said.
The line, which has been in service for almost 80 years, provides service to substations owned by Ozarks Electric Cooperative and Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative, SWEPCO said.
The project will ensure continued reliability to the area by reducing the number of outages, as well as the duration should an outage occur, the company said.
Surveying crews have been in the field gathering pre-engineering data necessary for construction planning, SWEPCO said, noting that right of way agents will be in contact with landowners along the line route soon to discuss any necessary supplemental easements.
The company said that construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
SWEPCO is an American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) company.