SWEPCO plans to rebuild about seven miles of existing line in Texas

American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) on May 17 said that construction is expected to begin in the fall on its estimated $8m Hallsville-Longview Transmission Line Rebuild Project in Texas.

The line begins at the Hallsville substation, located on North Oak Street, and travels west to the Longview Heights substation, located on Delia Drive in Longview, the company said.

The project involves removing about seven miles of existing transmission poles between Hallsville and Longview, the company said, noting that in most cases, the wood poles will be replaced with single-pole steel structures.

The company said that it will also replace the existing electrical wire with new conductor, and that the project involves upgrades to the Longview Heights substation.

As noted in a project fact sheet, the existing wood structures are in need of replacement to adequately support the necessary electricity for the area’s demand.

A company spokesperson told TransmissionHub on May 18 that an open house was held on May 17 on the 69-kV line.

As noted in the company’s statement, the open house was held in Hallsville, and visitors were able to learn more about the improvements, review maps, and talk with project representatives.

SWEPCO said that it expects to complete construction in summer 2018.

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