Appalachian Power, and its affiliate, West Virginia Transmission Company, plan to improve its existing transmission grid to ensure continued reliable electric service to customers in Huntington, W.Va., through the estimated $25m Huntington Area Improvements Project, according to an April 11 statement.
The project includes building about three miles of single circuit 138-kV transmission line and upgrading existing substations to relieve stress on the transmission system and reduce the likelihood of extended power outages, the company said.
According to a project fact sheet, the proposed line begins at the East Huntington substation on Second Avenue, with preliminary study segments for the route heading east past Marshall University, crossing Route 60, and ending at the Darrah substation in Guyandotte.
Structures along the route will be about 100 feet tall, and the typical right of way will be 100 feet wide, according to the fact sheet.
Transmission line construction is expected to begin in early 2018, and be completed by fall 2018, with the substation upgrades completed by mid-2019, the fact sheet noted.
Appalachian Power, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP), said on April 11 that it will host an open house on April 25 to provide the community and affected landowners with details of preliminary study segments.