American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) Appalachian Power on Nov. 27 said that it – along with its affiliate AEP West Virginia Transmission Company – plans to improve electric reliability to customers by upgrading its existing transmission system in Kanawha County, W.Va., through the Cabin Creek-Clendenin Transmission Line Rebuild Project.
The work will reduce the likelihood of extended outages and decrease restoration times when outages do occur, the company said, adding that the project will upgrade about 18 miles of the Cabin Creek-Clendenin line to 69-kV standards and add equipment to local substations.
The company noted that it plans to rebuild about 16 miles of the line within its existing right of way (ROW), and may need to supplement its current easements. Multiple route options are being considered for the remaining two lines of the line, the company said, adding that it is proposing study segments for the new section of line and may need to acquire new easements for the project.
Appalachian Power said that it will host a community open house on Nov. 29 in Cedar Grove to discuss plans for the project and talk with landowners about the need to supplement existing easements for the rebuild portion of the line, as well as get input about the proposed study segments.
Following the open house, project team members will utilize information gathered to determine a final proposed route, the company said.
Construction on the project is expected to begin in fall 2018, and to be complete by the end of 2020, the company noted.
As noted on the company’s website, the project is one of 14 “current projects” being worked on in West Virginia, including the Huntington Area Improvements Project, which, as noted on the project’s webpage, includes building about three miles of transmission line and upgrading existing substations to ensure continued reliable electric service for area customers. Transmission line construction on that project is expected to begin in early 2018, and be completed by fall, with the substation upgrades completed by mid-2019. The webpage also noted that the estimated project investment is $25m.