American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) AEP Ohio and AEP Ohio Transmission Company, Inc., on June 27 said that an open house will be held on July 11 in Dublin, Ohio, concerning the approximately $12m Dublin West Innovation District Improvements project.
The informational open house provides residents the opportunity to meet and talk with project representatives, the companies said.
The project involves a new transmission line – which would be about three miles long and would likely be on the west side of Dublin – as well as upgrades at two existing substations, the companies said.
There would be some work in Washington and Perry townships, the companies said. AEP Ohio anticipates submitting its regulatory filings in late summer, and if approved, project construction is targeted to begin in fall 2018, and to be complete by spring 2019.
The statement added that once the new line is completed and operational, the company plans to remove about six miles of transmission wire from a line that connects a substation near Sawmill Road to the Dublin substation.
According to a project fact sheet, the 138-kV project is driven by the economic development in the Dublin and surrounding area. The new line would provide existing companies the opportunity to expand and allow for the opportunity for future growth. Old and outdated equipment would be replaced with new and more modern equipment, the fact sheet noted, adding that the project would improve “the electric service reliability for … Dublin customers by providing an additional source of power to the area.”
AEP Ohio would build new steel, single pole structures that would be about 90 feet tall, according to the fact sheet, which also noted that the structures would be placed in the center of an approximate 100-foot-wide right of way corridor.