Speidel-Barnesville138-kV Transmission Line Rebuild Project

The Speidel-Barnesville 138-kV Transmission Line Rebuild Project involves rebuilding and upgrading approximately 4 miles of existing power lines. The project traverses Warren Township in Belmont County. The last major reinforcement in this area was done more than 60 years ago.

The existing 69-kilovolt (kV) facilities were built in the 1940s. These will be replaced with 138-kV lines and structures that are somewhat taller and of heavier construction. This will allow the lines to carry more current. The company anticipates completion of this project in 2018.

The Speidel-Barnesville 138-kV Transmission Line Rebuild Project will help ensure the continued reliability of the transmission system, which is vital to AEP Ohio’s current customers and supports the development of the area’s economy.

AEP Ohio anticipates this Project, an approximate $5 million investment, will contribute approximately $150,000 in property taxes annually to the community.

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Project Updates

The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) granted approval to construct this project on February 2, 2017.

Project Releases

Speidel-Barnesville Notice of Project Open House Public Notice - March 16, 2016 (PDF)

Speidel-Barnesville 138kV Transmission Line Rebuild Project News Release - March 9, 2016 (PDF)

Barnesville Area Improvements News Release - October 23, 2014 (PDF)


Project Timeline


AEP Ohio will build new steel, single pole structures and H-Frame structures that will be about 90-feet and 80-feet tall, respectively. The structures will be placed in the center of an approximate 100-foot wide right-of-way corridor.

* Exact structure, height and right-of-way may vary



AEP Right-of-Way Process Project Fact Sheet Access Roads Field Activities

AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers.


Joe Demaree

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