AEP Ohio, AEP Ohio Transmission plan $29m investment in Ross, Jackson counties in Ohio

American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) AEP Ohio and AEP Ohio Transmission Company on Jan. 4 announced an approximate $29m investment to the electric transmission grid in Ross and Jackson counties with two power line projects – the Jackson Township and Coal Township 138-kV Transmission Line Rebuild Projects, which are part of the overall Jackson-Ross County Area Improvements project.

Through the overall project, AEP Ohio plans to improve the reliability of the electric transmission grid by updating aging infrastructure to improve its condition and address performance issues, according to the statement.

According to a fact sheet on the Jackson Township project, the project includes upgrading about 10 miles of existing 69-kV transmission line to 138-kV standards, and early estimates show that the work will total about $21m.

The new line will be built adjacent to the existing line, which will be removed once construction is complete. The fact also noted that AEP Ohio may supplement current easements to accommodate the need to expand the existing right of way (ROW).

The line runs through Jefferson Township in Ross County, as well as Jackson and Liberty townships in Jackson County. The fact sheet further noted that the existing line has reached an age where it needs to be replaced.

Proposed structures will vary depending on location, the fact sheet said, adding that the project will use several structure types, including steel H-frame and monopoles that will be about 100 feet tall, with the structures to be placed in an approximate 100-foot-wide ROW corridor.

According to the project schedule, an application with the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) will be submitted in the spring, and an OPSB decision is anticipated in December. Transmission line construction is planned to occur from fall 2019 to summer 2021; the project will be completed in summer 2021, the fact sheet added.

According to a fact sheet on the Coal Township project, the project includes upgrading about four miles of existing 69-kV transmission line to 138-kV standards, and the projected costs of the upgrades are about $8m.

The line runs through Liberty and Coal townships in Jackson County, the fact sheet noted.

As with the Jackson Township project, the new Coal Township project line will be built adjacent to the existing line, which will be removed once construction is complete. AEP Ohio may supplement current easements to accommodate the need to expand the existing ROW, the fact sheet added.

The existing line has reached an age where it needs to be replaced, the fact sheet said, adding that proposed structures will vary depending on location. The project will use several structure types, including steel H-frame and monopoles that will be about 100 feet tall, with the structures to be placed in an approximate 100-foot-wide ROW corridor, according to the fact sheet.

According to the project schedule, an application with the OPSB will be submitted in the spring, and an OPSB decision is anticipated at the end of this year. Transmission line construction will occur from fall 2020 to the end of 2021, with the project completed at the end of 2021, according to the schedule.

According to the Jan. 4 statement, an open house on the projects will be held on Jan. 25, in Jackson.

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