American Electric Power’s Appalachian Power on Oct. 14 said that it and its affiliate, AEP West Virginia Transmission Co., Inc., plan upgrades to the electric transmission system serving customers in Fayette County, W.Va., through the Carbondale-Kincaid Transmission Line Rebuild Project.
The project involves upgrading about 14 miles of transmission line beginning at a substation located off Cannelton Hollow Road in Smithers Creek, continuing south toward Alloy, crossing the Kanawha River, and ending at a substation located off Kingston Road in Kincaid, the company said.
Appalachian Power spokesperson George Porter said in the statement that the existing line dates back more than 70 years, and that the “project team is reviewing multiple route options for the rebuild so maintenance crews can access the line safely,” as it is located in difficult terrain.
As noted in the fact sheet, the line will be rebuilt to 69-kV standards.
The company said that landowners are invited to a virtual open house on the project’s webpage, AppalachianPower.com/Carbondale-Kincaid, to learn more about the project and provide feedback to the project team. Landowners within the project area can expect to receive a packet in the mail that includes additional project details and a comment card that they can return with their feedback, the company said.
Appalachian Power said that the team plans to use input from the virtual open house, the comment cards, and additional field work to determine a power line route that minimizes impact on the community and environment.
The company said that construction is expected to begin in early 2022, and conclude by summer 2023.