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An affiliate of Appalachian Power has filed a request with the Public Service Commission for approval to upgrade transmission facilities in the Kanawha Valley.

AEP West Virginia Transmission Company wants to rebuild about 52 miles of existing transmission lines and the installation of associated electrical components. Previous filings requested approval for upgrades to substations. The bulk of the project work will take place between the company's John Amos power plant and its Turner and Cabin Creek substations, with a key loop in the Cross Lanes area and another in the Kanawha City area.  Additional work will be done to facilities that feed off the backbone transmission line that runs from Poca to Cabin Creek.

The project will involve removing current transmission facilities and replacing them with similar but sturdier facilities of the same voltage. About 80 percent of the transmission line rebuild is expected to be done within or adjacent to existing rights of way. Construction is expected to begin this fall and be complete in 2017. 

Appalachian Power estimates the cost for the project to be $337 million, which would be spread among several states.