WILLIAMSPORT, Md., June 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Potomac Edison, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), has begun construction of a new 34.5-kilovolt (kV) power line paralleling State Route 259 as part of a project to enhance service reliability for more than 2,200 customers in rural Hardy County, W.Va., including a nearby compressor station for a major natural gas pipeline.
"This project is designed to minimize the number of customers affected if a service interruption occurs in southeastern Hardy County," said James A. Sears, Jr., vice president of Potomac Edison. "The new power line and substation ultimately will allow us to divide the existing distribution circuit, which at 270 miles is the longest in Potomac Edison's service area, into three circuits that provide electricity to roughly 700 customers each."
The new 14.5-mile power line is the centerpiece of the $5 million project, which will link an existing substation near Baker, W.Va., to a new substation that will be built in Mathias, W.Va., in 2017. Potomac Edison line crews currently are working in the Mathias area, setting 300 new 50-foot wooden utility poles that will carry the new line in existing right-of-way or new right-of-way near Route 259.
The new substation will include three transformers and be located adjacent to a natural gas compressor station in Hardy County. The new line and substation are expected to be completed and energized by the end of December 2017.
Potomac Edison serves about 257,000 customers in seven Maryland counties and 137,000 customers in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Follow Potomac Edison on Twitter @PotomacEdison.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company 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, while its generation subsidiaries control nearly 17,000 megawatts of capacity from a diversified mix of scrubbed coal, non-emitting nuclear, natural gas, hydro and other renewables. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp or online at www.firstenergycorp.com.
Editor's Note: Photos of Potomac Edison's new electric line in Hardy County, W.Va., are available for download on Flickr.
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