American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) AEP Ohio and AEP Ohio Transmission Company on Sept. 13 said that they will invest about $25m to the electric transmission grid in Guernsey and Harrison counties by rebuilding an existing 69-kV transmission line.
The approximately 24-mile line runs through Cambridge, Center, Wills, Madison, and Londonderry townships in Guernsey County and Freeport Township in Harrison County, according to a project fact sheet, which also noted that the line runs from east of Cambridge to Smyrna.
The Guernsey-Harrison Power Improvements project includes rebuilding about 19 miles of the existing line in the current right of way (ROW), the companies said in their statement, adding that the remaining five miles will require construction in new areas and a line reroute.
“We are asking for input on the proposed study segments so we can determine a route for the new section of line,” the companies said.
An open house on the project will be held on Sept. 26 in Cambridge, the companies said.
According to the project fact sheet, the current infrastructure needs to be upgraded to improve the electric service reliability for customers across the region. The project will improve service for customers, reduce extended power outages, and speed recovery of service when outages occur, the fact sheet said.
Proposed structures will vary depending on location, the fact sheet noted, adding that the project will use several structure types, including steel H-frame and single poles that will be between 70 feet to 85 feet tall. The structures will be placed in the center of an approximate 50-foot-wide ROW corridor, according to the fact sheet.
According to the project schedule, ROW communications will occur in fall 2017-early 2020; transmission line construction will occur in early 2020-late 2020; and the project will be complete in spring 2021.