FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE) on June 6 said that its subsidiary, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), has energized its $124m Oceanview Reinforcement Project in Monmouth County, N.J.
The 16-mile, 230-kV transmission line – which the company said will benefit more than 180,000 customers in Colts Neck, Howell, Neptune, Tinton Falls, and Wall – was built along existing right of way (ROW) with steel pole construction to connect JCP&L substations in Howell and Neptune. FirstEnergy also said that an existing 230-kV transmission line connecting substations in Colts Neck and Neptune was rebuilt using steel poles. Overall, the company said, the project involved installing 11 five-ton circuit breakers and remote-control communications equipment at the substations.
In a June 1 statement, FirstEnergy noted that JCP&L has completed a $4.8m transmission system reinforcement project in Eatontown to enhance customer service reliability for more than 4,000 customers in the Monmouth County area. That work included installing a 1.6-mile section of transmission line on 70 new poles between existing substations in Eatontown, the company said, adding that equipment was upgraded on existing distribution lines along the route.
Furthermore, that project involved adding new substation equipment, including a circuit breaker and new protective relay devices designed to remotely monitor operations, FirstEnergy said.
The company noted in its June 6 statement that the Monmouth County transmission line projects are part of JCP&L’s plans to invest $359m this year on infrastructure projects and other work to enhance reliability across its 13-county northern and central New Jersey service area.
Transmission work in Ohio
FirstEnergy on June 5 said that it is rebuilding and modernizing a 69-kV transmission line to enhance service reliability for about 10,000 electric customers near Mansfield, Ohio. The line extends through communities west of Mansfield, including Crestline Village and Galion, as well as Jackson, Polk, North Bloomfield, and Sandusky townships, the company said.
Construction is now underway, and the line is expected to be fully energized in the fall, FirstEnergy said. When completed, the upgraded line will enhance electricity flow across the local system and use smart technologies to help reduce the frequency and duration of power outages, the company said.
The $16m project includes replacing the existing poles and wires with new wood poles capable of carrying new, higher-capacity conductor wires, FirstEnergy said, adding that about 13 miles of wire will be installed on 223 new wood structures within the existing ROW. Furthermore, remote control switching devices and fiber optic cable will be added to allow grid operators to assess operational conditions more quickly, the company said.
New equipment was also added to three local substations to handle the line’s increased capacity and support growing electric demand, the company said.
The project is part of “Energizing the Future,” which is a multi-year investment initiative aimed at upgrading FirstEnergy’s transmission facilities with advanced equipment and technologies that will reinforce the power grid and help reduce the frequency and duration of customer outages, FirstEnergy said.
The company said that it will continue those investments through 2021, with planned spending of $4.2bn to $5.8bn over the next five years.