PSO Announces Construction Schedule for McAlester City -- McAlester Army Ammo Plant Transmission Line Project
Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) will soon start rebuilding about 10 miles of 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission line in McAlester. The estimated $10 million project will ensure an adequate supply of electricity to meet the region’s growing energy needs.
Tree trimming along the project route and other construction activities are expected to begin next month. Construction will start at the McAlester City Substation located off of Electric Avenue. Crews will work on the line heading south towards the McAlester Army Ammo Plant. Much of the construction is expected to be finished by the end of the summer, with restoration along the route completed by the end of 2017. The project will replace existing transmission poles with steel single-pole structures for the majority of the rebuild.
Company right-of-way agents are meeting with area property owners to discuss the project, construction activities and restoration process.
The project was ordered by the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), a regional transmission organization responsible for overseeing the electric transmission grid in Oklahoma, to address regional reliability issues. SPP operates to ensure reliable supplies of power, adequate transmission infrastructure and reasonable wholesale rates.
For additional details such as project schedule and interactive map, visit www.PSOklahoma.com/McAlesterCity.
PSO, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), is an electric utility company serving more than 545,000 customers in eastern and southwestern Oklahoma. With headquarters in Tulsa, PSO has nearly 3,800 megawatts of generating capacity and is one of the largest distributors of wind energy in the state. News releases and other information about PSO can be found at PSOklahoma.com.