SWEPCO plans to rebuild transmission line in northeast Texas

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13 April 2016, Electricity

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The approximately $14.5 million Marshall Hallsville Transmission Line Project will address reliability concerns and ensure an adequate supply of electricity for the area's growth and economic development.

The project begins at the company's Marshall Substation located west of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on the west side of Marshall. The transmission line travels west along a corridor near Highway 80 to the Hallsville Substation located west of North Oak Street in Hallsville.

Right-of-way agents will begin contacting property owners along the route this spring to discuss the land surveying and other pre-construction activities. The existing wooden structures will be replaced with single steel poles. Construction to replace and upgrade the existing equipment will take place in the utility easements. The project will be completed by summer of 2017.

The need to replace the aging infrastructure was determined by Southwest Power Pool (SPP), the regional transmission organization responsible for overseeing the electric transmission grid in this area of Texas. SPP operates under federal mandate to ensure reliable supplies of power, adequate transmission infrastructure and reasonable wholesale electricity rates.

Source: MarketLine

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