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FirstEnergy reconstructs 138-kV transmission line in western Ohio

FirstEnergyCorp. is reconstructing a 13.3-mile section of a 138-kVtransmission line linking substations in Fulton County, Ohio.

The estimated construction cost of $16.5 million will be usedto replace 334 poles, rope more than 13 miles of new wire, and install a remotecontrol switch to enable quicker assessment of operations and lower servicedisruptions. The new poles would be able to support a second 138-kVtransmission line, according to an Oct. 6 company release.

Scheduled to go online by the end of 2016, the rebuilttransmission line, running between substations in Fayette and Lyons, Ohio, willimprove service reliability for Toledo Edison Co. customers in Fulton County.

"This transmission project will benefit customers now,while also enabling our system to handle additional load growth in thefuture," Toledo Edison Regional President Rich Sweeney said in the newsrelease.

The reconstruction of the transmission line is part ofFirstEnergy's $115 million enhancement project planned in 2016 for the ToledoEdison service area. Activities in line with the enhancement project includecontinuing a $10.5 million project on a 138-kV transmission line connecting theNapoleon and Defiance substations, building a new 69-kV transmission linelinking substations in Pemberville and Wayne at a cost of about $12.3 million,and starting $2 million in construction work on a 138-kV transmission line inthe Fremont area.

Other planned activities include inspecting and replacingdistribution poles in the Toledo Edison service area for $1.6 million,installing new transformers and other equipment in the downtown Toledo undergroundnetwork for $800,000, replacing 345-kV circuit breakers at the Davis-Besse NuclearPower Station for $660,000, and upgrading equipment on distribution circuitsthroughout the region for $2 million.