$189 Million in Infrastructure Projects Planned in Mon Power Area During 2018 to Enhance Electric System
FAIRMONT, W.Va., Feb. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) expects to invest about $189 million in 2018 on distribution and transmission infrastructure projects to help enhance service reliability and meet future economic growth for its customers in Mon Power’s 34-county West Virginia service area.
The projects include transmission enhancements to reinforce the system, constructing new distribution lines and inspecting and replacing utility poles and other equipment.
“Each year we carefully review and plan transmission and distribution projects that will enhance service to our customers, while also preparing our system for future economic growth,” said Holly Kauffman, president of FirstEnergy’s West Virginia operations. “By doing proactive upgrades, we enhance the reliability and resiliency of our system and help reduce the duration and frequency of service interruptions our customers might experience.”
FirstEnergy projects planned in the Mon Power footprint in 2018 include:
- Installing a new transformer and related distribution lines and equipment at a substation in Marion County that will improve capacity and enhance service reliability for about 3,300 Mon Power customers in the Barrackville, Bellview, and Fairmont areas at a cost of about $1 million.
- Upgrading and replacing equipment on distribution circuits throughout the service territory at an expected cost of about $8 million. The enhancements include installing new wire, cable and fuses.
- Rebuilding a distribution circuit at a cost of about $130,000 to enhance service reliability for Mon Power customers in the Summersville Lake area of Nicholas County.
- Installing a new distribution circuit to enhance electric service reliability for about 2,000 Mon Power customers in the West Union area of Doddridge County at a cost of about $350,000.
- Relocating about a half-mile stretch of a transmission line that runs from Elkins, W.Va., to Parsons, W.Va., to accommodate a new highway bridge at a cost of about $3 million as part of West Virginia’s Corridor H project in Tucker County. The line will be reconstructed on new steel poles set in concrete, eliminating a situation where the bridge would have crossed about 150 feet above the existing transmission line.
- Building a half-mile transmission line connecting an existing Mon Power line that runs from Spencer, W.Va., to Summersville, W.Va., to a new transmission switching substation that will be constructed by AEP near Linden Road in Roane County. The project will enhance service reliability for customers of both utilities. About $300,000 will be spent in 2018 for engineering and siting work, as well as right-of-way clearing. Construction of the $1.9 million project is expected to start in 2019.
- Inspecting about 40,000 distribution poles and replacing and reinforcing about 800 poles at an expected cost of more than $2 million.
- Replacing five sets of disconnect switches on 138-kilovolt circuit breakers in numerous transmission substations throughout Mon Power’s service area at a cost of about $140,000. The large switches are used by substation electricians to manually disconnect the substations from the grid so inspections, upgrades and maintenance can be completed safely. The replacement work should be completed by the end of the year.
About $9 million of the budgeted total will be for transmission-related projects owned by the Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line Company (TrAILCo), a FirstEnergy transmission affiliate.
In 2017, FirstEnergy spent about $162 million in the Mon Power area on hundreds of large and small transmission and distribution projects.
Mon Power, a FirstEnergy electric distribution company, serves about 385,000 customers in 34 West Virginia counties. Follow Mon Power on Twitter @MonPowerWV and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MonPowerWV.
FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. The company’s transmission subsidiaries operate more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Visit FirstEnergy online at www.firstenergycorp.com and follow on Twitter at @FirstEnergyCorp.
Editor’s Note: Photos of service reliability work being done in the Mon Power area are available for download on Flickr.
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