Appalachian Power Proposed route announced for Crab Orchard area improvements project

CRAB ORCHARD, (WOAY)  – Appalachian Power and its affiliate, AEP West Virginia Transmission Co. Inc., have proposed a transmission line route for the Crab Orchard Area Improvements project in Raleigh County.

The project team determined the route after reviewing future land use, environmental impacts, and input property owners and community members shared during a public open house in September.

“We received a lot of great feedback,” said Ronn Robinson, external affairs manager for Appalachian Power. “Information gathered at our open houses is critical in helping us to decide the best route with minimal impacts to our neighbors.”

The estimated $12 million investment includes building two miles of 138-kilovolt transmission line and a substation. The upgrades are expected to improve electric service reliability for existing customers and allow for continued economic growth in the region.

The new Mabscott Substation is located at the intersection of Cleveland School Road and Old Eccles Road just west of Beckley. From there, the new transmission line heads southwest to a connection point on an existing transmission line.

The new transmission line requires an approximate 100-foot right-of-way. Emerald Energy, the right-of-way contractor representing Appalachian Power, plans to start contacting property owners in the project area in the coming weeks to discuss upcoming activities.  Construction begins next fall and concludes by the end of 2020.

Additional information about the project, including an interactive map showing the route for the new transmission line, is available at Orchard.


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