T&D, Transmission

Appalachian Power transmission rebuild to start in spring 2018

Appalachian Power on May 11 said that construction is expected to begin in spring 2018 on its estimated $15 million Haysi Transmission Line Rebuild Project in northern Dickenson County, Virginia.

The project will provide the area with a robust power delivery system that is capable of handling the region’s growing energy needs, the company said.

According to a project fact sheet, the project includes rebuilding about seven miles of the Elkhorn City-Fremont-Grundy 69-kV transmission line, and most of the work will take place within, or adjacent to, the company’s existing utility easements.

The existing line is a section of the Elkhorn City-Fremont-Grundy line and is more than 90 years old, according to the fact sheet. The aging wood structures must be replaced with modern equipment to provide a robust transmission system and a reliable flow of electricity for customers, the fact sheet noted.

The project begins on the ridge of Pine Mountain, just south of the Kentucky-Virginia border, according to the fact sheet. The line travels south through the Jefferson National Forest for about a mile to the Haysi substation west of Main Street in Haysi, the fact sheet noted, adding that the line continues south from Haysi, crossing Dickenson Highway, and ending near Providence Drive, just north of Clinchco.

In its statement, the company noted that construction is expected to be completed by mid-2019.

Appalachian Power, a unit of American Electric Power, also said that its right of way vendor on this project, Emerald Energy & Exploration, will contact affected landowners in the coming weeks about upcoming project activities.

According to the project’s webpage, Appalachian Power representatives from Emerald Energy are working with landowners to help develop a final line route.