American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) Appalachian Power on July 18 said that it and its affiliate, West Virginia Transmission Company, are planning to strengthen electric reliability in Lincoln and Logan counties in West Virginia through the Lincoln-Logan Power Improvements project.
The $90m investment is designed to provide customers with a more robust power source, the company said.
According to a project fact sheet, project components include:
- Building 15 miles of new single-circuit 138-kV transmission line
- Building nine miles of double-circuit 138-kV transmission line
- Building two new substations
- Retiring the existing Sheridan substation
- Retiring 17 miles of 69-kV transmission line (15 miles in Cabell County and two miles in Lincoln County)
The existing Darrah-Sheridan transmission line and the Hopkins-Logan transmission line have experienced several power outages over the last three years, the fact sheet noted, adding that building new transmission infrastructure in the region will strengthen the local grid and reduce the number of outages.
Appalachian Power’s preliminary study segments cover an area from Sheridan to Chapmanville, the company said in its statement, adding that the proposed routes follow Route 10, passing through Branchland, Midkiff, Ranger, Leet, and Big Creek.
Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2020, the company said, adding that once the new line is operational, it plans to retire the 17 miles of transmission line between Sheridan Huntington.
The company said that it will host two open houses on Aug. 2 and Aug. 3, to provide the community and affected landowners with details of preliminary study segments.