Ohio-based FirstEnergy (FE) has started construction on a new $40 million transmission substation to provide more electricity to the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry in southwest Pennsylvania.
The facility, near Burgettstown in Washington County, will support two natural gas processing facilities being developed in the area, Kallanish Energy has learned.
Those facilities are expected to use as much electricity as 100,000 houses, FirstEnergy said.
FirstEnergys infrastructure enhancements continue to help support natural gas activity in Western Pennsylvania, said David McDonald, regional president of FirstEnergy unit West Penn Power, in a statement.
Most of the substation is expected to be completed by Dec. 31. The project will also include new lines to connect the substation to nearby transmission lines.
The project also includes installation of specialized voltage-regulating equipment designed to respond to real-time electrical conditions. The equipment will boost or reduce voltage as needed to maintain consistent levels on the regional transmission network.
That work, expected to be completed in mid-2017, requires installation of capacitor banks, circuit breakers, communications equipment, a modular control building and two large transformers that each weigh nearly 200,000 pounds.
The project will also boost reliability and service for 40,000 West Penn customers in Washington and Allegheny counties, FirstEnergy said.
The project is part of the companys plan to invest more than $200 million in 2016 to enhance reliability in the West Penn area that covers 24 counties. The utility serves 720,000 customers.
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