American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) AEP Ohio and AEP Ohio Transmission Company, Inc., on Oct. 10 said that they are investing about $25m on the Friendship-Portsmouth Transmission Line Project that involves building about nine miles of transmission line and upgrading two substations in order to improve the electric service reliability in the Scioto County area.
The project – which will be located between Friendship and Portsmouth in Nile and Washington townships in the county – is needed to replace an aging transmission line to improve electric reliability by decreasing the number of outages and shortening the duration if an outage should occur, the companies said.
The companies noted that they are seeking input on the proposed study segments so that they can determine a route for the new section of line. An open house on the project will be held in West Portsmouth on Oct. 24, the companies said.
According to a project fact sheet, AEP Ohio will build new steel, single pole structures that will be about 85 feet tall. The structures will be placed in the center of an approximate 50-foot-wide right of way corridor, the fact sheet noted.
According to the project schedule, transmission line construction is set to occur in late 2018-late 2019, and the project is planned to be complete in spring 2020.