Virginia regulators grant extension request of in-service date for 138-kV project

The Virginia State Corporation Commission, in a Nov. 27 order, granted a motion in which Appalachian Power Company sought an extension of the in-service date for a 138-kV transmission project.

As noted in the order, Appalachian Power in March 2016 filed with the commission its application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to build, own, operate, and maintain the South Abingdon 138-kV Extension Transmission Line Project in Washington County and the Town of Abingdon.

According to the company, the project consists of the construction of a new, approximately 3.8-mile, 138-kV transmission line on new right of way (ROW) between a tap point on the company’s existing Saltville-Kingsport 138-kV transmission line – about one-third of a mile southwest of the company’s existing Abingdon substation; a new South Abingdon substation to be built on Vances Mill Road in Washington County; and associated improvements to be made at three existing substations in the Abingdon area, including buswork, switches, and related equipment.

The commission added that in October 2017, it issued an order that granted the company’s application and approved a certificate for the project, subject to certain requirements. The October 2017 order stated, in part, that the project must be built and in service by Dec. 31, 2018, but that the company is granted leave to apply for an extension for good cause shown.

The company on Nov. 13 filed a motion for extension of date for completion of construction, requesting an extension of the Dec. 31, 2018 date until June 30, 2020. In support of its motion, the commission added, the company stated that delays in acquiring ROWs, underground crossing permits, and outage scheduling will prevent the company from completing the project and placing it in service by Dec. 31, 2018.

The commission said that the Dec. 31, 2018 completion and in-service date for the project is extended until June 30, 2020, provided however that the company is granted leave to apply for an extension of that date for good cause shown.

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