Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) rebuilt approximately 2 miles of 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission line to upgrade the aging infrastructure and ensure continued reliable power delivery to the Stoner Hill area of Shreveport. As part of these upgrades, SWEPCO will also be making improvements to the Fort Humbug and Broadmoor substations.
These upgrades are required in order to meet updated standards and to enhance the reliability of the local transmission system. The company expects to invest approximately $6 million to complete this project.
The construction for the line rebuild was completed in January 2017. The construction of the upgrades at the substations is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
The project will involve replacing poles and wires on approximately 1.2 miles. The new steel poles will support new transmission conductor or wire. On the remaining half-mile of line the company will replace the wires on the existing poles. These improvements are required to meet updated standards and to enhance the reliability of the local transmission system. Upgrades will also be made at Fort Humbug Substation and Broadmoor Substation.”
Southwest Power Pool, the regional transmission organization, identified the need for these upgrades to bring the system up to current standards and to address local electricity supply concerns. SPP operates under federal mandate to ensure reliable supplies of power and adequate transmission infrastructure.
Construction on upgrades at the Fort Humbug Substation and the rebuild of the transmission line began in September and is expected to be complete by the end of 2016. Restoration and clean-up will continue into early 2017.
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