American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) AEP Ohio on Feb. 22 said that it and its affiliate, AEP Ohio Transmission Company, are beginning the final phase of improvements to electric service in Barnesville, Ohio, and the surrounding area, by replacing about 13 miles of existing power line known as the Glencoe-Speidel Transmission Line.
The upgrade is the final piece of the Barnesville Area Improvements Project that AEP Ohio announced in October 2014. Once completed, 32 miles of 69-kV power lines will have been upgraded to 138 kV, the company added, noting that the existing 69-kV facilities were built in the 1940s, and the new lines would carry more power to meet growing demand.
AEP Ohio said that it plans to invest about $20m in the Glencoe-Speidel transmission line.
According to a project fact sheet, the Glencoe-Speidel line would be about 13 miles long, depending on the route selected. The line would traverse Warren, Goshen, and Smith townships in Belmont County between Glencoe and Speidel. The fact sheet also noted that AEP Ohio would build new steel, single-pole structures that would be about 90 feet tall and located in a right of way (ROW) width that may vary between 50 feet to 100 feet wide.
According to the project schedule noted on the fact sheet, an application with the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) is planned to be filed in the spring, with an OPSB decision expected in late 2018. If approved, tree clearing for the project would occur in early 2019, with structure construction occurring in spring 2019, and the project to be completed in spring 2020, the fact sheet noted.
The company said in its Feb. 22 statement that an open house on the project will be held on March 15 in Belmont.