Mon Power upgrades West Virginia power lines

As part of its ongoing efforts to help enhance service reliability, Mon Power, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., is installing new automated switching equipment on a 47-mile, 69,000 volt transmission line serving nearly 6,000 customers in the Marlinton and Snowshoe Mountain Resort areas of Pocahontas County. The work is slated for completion by the end of the year.

The $600,000 project will help sectionalize the transmission line into smaller segments. As a result, when needed, damaged areas can be isolated so fewer customers will experience an outage while crews work.

New fault indicators also will be installed on the transmission line to help crews identify the location of problems, which can help speed the restoration process. In addition, contractors are trimming or removing trees along the entire length of the line that have the potential to cause outages

The project also includes the installation of automated relay equipment in a substation near Linwood that can be used to determine the approximate location of a fault, helping crews to narrow their search for damaged equipment and more quickly restore power. Similar equipment will be installed in a substation near Durbin in 2015.

The work is part of FirstEnergy's plans to invest about $153 million in 2014 on service reliability enhancements and infrastructure projects in the Mon Power area.

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