American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) on April 13 said that it plans to rebuild about 16 miles of existing 138-kV transmission line in the North Shreveport and Longwood areas of Louisiana.
The company said that the estimated $18m North Shreveport-Longwood Transmission Line Rebuild Project involves replacing existing wires and removing wooden poles with single steel poles.
According to a project fact sheet, the proposed project begins at the Arsenal Hill substation, located off of North Allen Avenue. The line travels northwest toward Blanchard for nearly seven miles, turns west from there, and crosses south of Blanchard, before ending at the Longwood substation in Longwood, the fact sheet noted.
While work will take place in company owned easements, some may need to be supplemented to comply with current right of way (ROW) standards for the line’s continued safe operation, the fact sheet said.
The fact sheet further noted that the Arsenal Hill-Longwood 138-kV transmission line was originally built more than 25 years ago. The existing wood structures are in need of replacement to adequately support the current demand for electricity, and replacing those structures with single-pole steel structures will provide the area with more reliable facilities to help ensure reliable electric service to the area, the fact sheet said.
SWEPCO said in its statement that ROW agents will begin contacting landowners along the existing route to discuss the need for land surveying and securing any necessary property easements.
An informational open house will be held on April 20 in Blanchard, and visitors can arrive at any time to learn more about the improvements, review maps, and talk with project representatives, SWEPCO said.
Construction is expected to begin in fall 2018, and be completed by early 2019, the company said.