SWEPCO to invest about $9m on Louisiana rebuild project

Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP), on May 31 said that it plans to invest about $9m to rebuild almost three miles of 69-kV electric transmission line along Line Avenue in southeast Shreveport, La.

The Ellerbe Road-Lucas Transmission Line Rebuild Project – which includes replacing wood poles with steel, single-pole structures and new wires – will upgrade and strengthen the local electric transmission system, as well as provide support for future growth and economic development, the company said.

The Southwest Power Pool (SPP) determined the need for the project to ensure a continued reliable electricity supply for local SWEPCO customers, the company said.

According to a project fact sheet, the aging poles along the transmission line route are more than 60 years old.

The project begins at the Ellerbe Road substation, located off of Line Avenue, and ends at the Lucas substation, located off of East Flournoy Lucas Road.

As part of the project, minor upgrades will be made to the Ellerbe Road and Lucas substations as well, the fact sheet added. While most of the work will take place within company owned easements or the city’s utility corridor, additional easements may be necessary, according to the fact sheet.

SWEPCO said in its statement that construction is expected to begin this fall at the Ellerbe Road substation and along the transmission line. Upgrades at the Lucas substation will begin in early 2019, the company said, adding that work is expected to be completed by spring 2019.

An informational open house will be held on June 12 in Shreveport, the company said.

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