Appalachian Power on Dec. 27, 2018, said that it will hold an open house on Jan. 9 in Danville, Va., regarding its Berry Hill Connection Project.
The company said that it is conducting feasibility studies to support business and economic development at the Southern Virginia Mega Site at Berry Hill, and that it is proposing alternatives for designing new electric transmission facilities to provide a robust electrical system to industrial park tenants.
Initial studies for the project include alternatives for about five miles of 138-kV transmission line and a substation in the industrial park near Danville, the company said, adding that the new line would connect an existing Appalachian Power transmission line to the new substation.
Preliminary study segments for the power line route begin inside the industrial park and travel northwest across Pittsylvania County, the company said, noting that the segments travel in various directions toward U.S. Route 58 before connecting with the existing power line.
The next phase of review includes community input to gauge feasibility of the study segments – or route alternatives – to determine a final proposed route for the power line, Appalachian Power said. The identification of a suitable route for the line requires approval from Pittsylvania County’s Board of Zoning, the company said, adding that if it is approved, construction of the line and substation would take less than 12 months and would not begin until the industrial park secures a tenant.
Appalachian Power noted that it and the Pittsylvania – Danville Regional Industrial Facility Authority (RIFA) are collaborating on potential solutions for powering the 3,528-acre industrial park, which includes 12 industrial lots, with the largest lot exceeding 2,000 acres.
According to a project fact sheet, the schedule calls for “application for county approvals” to occur in March; preliminary engineering to begin in April; and right of way acquisitions to begin in July.