AEP Ohio to hold open house on July 19 regarding proposed 138-kV project

American Electric Power’s (NYSE:AEP) AEP Ohio on July 10 said that it and AEP Ohio Transmission Company will host an open house on July 19 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, regarding the Wapakoneta Area Improvements Project, which involves proposed improvements to the electric transmission grid in northwest Ohio.

The project is designed to improve the electric service reliability for customers in the region, as well as allow for economic development by providing an additional power source to the area and modernizing the electric transmission infrastructure, the company said.

The project is being developed in coordination with the city of Wapakoneta and its electric department, the company noted.

The proposed project consists of building about 15 miles of 138-kV transmission line, building two new substations and expanding a substation, the company said.

According to a project fact sheet, the new substations are called the Gemini and Gristmill substations, while the substation to be expanded is called the West Moulton substation.

The proposed project would use steel, single-pole structures estimated to be about 80 feet tall, the fact sheet noted, adding that the structures would be built in an approximate 100-foot-wide right of way corridor.

Noting that it will seek input on proposed study segments to determine a route for the new line at the open house, AEP Ohio said in its statement that the project team will use information gathered during the open house to help determine the proposed route for the line.

The project area includes Pusheta, Washington, St. Marys, Duchouquet and Moulton townships in Auglaize County, the company said, adding that the proposed new substations would be located on company owned property.

AEP Ohio said that after a transmission line route is determined, it would seek regulatory approval from the Ohio Power Siting Board. The company said that upon approval, it would work with landowners to secure easements necessary for the safe construction, operation and maintenance of the transmission line.

The preliminary schedule anticipates a construction start date of summer 2019, the company said.

According to the fact sheet, construction is slated to be complete in late 2021.

A company spokesperson on July 10 told TransmissionHub: "We don’t have a cost estimate at this time. The project is still in a preliminary planning phase."

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