Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP), will host an informational open house on June 8 in Clarendon, Texas, on its Clarendon-Childress Transmission Line Rebuild Project.
SWEPCO added in its June 7 statement that the project involves replacing about 60 miles of existing 69-kV transmission wood poles with single-pole steel structures. The company said that it will also replace the existing electrical wire with new conductor, adding that the upgrades will reduce the likelihood of extended outages to customers in the area.
According to a project fact sheet, the line was originally built in the 1930s, and needs to be upgraded to ensure continued electric reliability to customers. The work also provides an adequate supply of electricity for the area’s growth and economic development, the fact sheet noted.
Work will begin at the existing Clarendon substation, and it will then follow the existing line route, which travels along the general course of State Highway 287, passing through Memphis, Texas, and ending at the existing Childress West substation, according to the fact sheet.
According to the project schedule, construction is to begin this year and will be completed in 2019.