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AEP units spending $50 million on Ohio transmission project

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American Electric Power’s AEP Ohio and AEP Ohio Transmission Co. on Sept. 18 said that they will invest about $50 million on the Pickaway-Madison Area Improvements project that is designed to bring an additional power source to the Pickaway and Madison counties area and modernize the electric transmission infrastructure.

According to the statement, the project consists of two phases, with the first phase involving building about seven miles of 69-kV line to provide another source of power and improve reliability in the area, and the second phase involving rebuilding about 26 miles of 69-kV transmission line to modernize the transmission infrastructure to provide more reliable power to local customers.

The companies are asking for input on proposed study segments so that they can determine a route for the new line, according to the statement, which also noted that AEP Ohio will begin work on the second phase once the first phase is complete.

The existing line will be built in the company’s current right of way (ROW), the statement noted, adding that the project will be located in Pleasant Township in Madison County, as well as Darby, Monroe, Muhlenberg, Scioto, and Harrison townships in Pickaway County.

According to the project schedule, as noted on a project fact sheet, pre-construction activities for Phase 1 will occur spring 2018-fall 2018; transmission line construction will occur fall 2018-fall 2019; and that phase will be complete in fall 2019. For Phase 2, pre-construction activities will occur summer 2019-fall 2019; transmission line construction will occur fall 2019-spring 2020; and that phase will be complete in spring 2020.

Proposed structures will vary depending on location, the fact sheet added, noting that the project will use several structure types, including steel single pole and H-frame structures that will be about 85 feet tall. The structures will be placed in the center of an approximate 60-foot-wide ROW corridor, the fact sheet said.

The statement noted that an open house on the project will be held on Sept. 28 in Mt. Sterling.

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