American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) AEP Ohio and AEP Ohio Transmission Company on Aug. 23 said that an open house will be held on Sept. 5 in New Albany, Ohio, regarding the approximate $30m New Albany Breakthrough Overhead Line Design (BOLD) Transmission Line Project.
The project includes replacing 6.5 miles of existing 345-kV transmission lines with new 345-kV and 138-kV transmission lines, the companies said, adding that existing wooden structures will be replaced with BOLD structures.
That is the first project in Ohio to feature BOLD structures, which the companies said allow more energy to be delivered in a smaller footprint using a shorter structure height in a more contemporary design. The structures have been successfully installed in Indiana, the companies said.
The project will support the local economic development and improve the electric transmission reliability in New Albany, the companies said.
According to a project fact sheet, the project is centered within the city of New Albany, with work reaching into the city of Columbus, as well as Plain and Jersey townships.
Construction of the New Albany BOLD Transmission Line Project is scheduled to begin in early 2018, the companies said in their statement.
According to the project’s website, AEP Ohio Transmission anticipates completion of the project in fall 2019.