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As an attempt to keep up with the rapid expansion of the Marcellus Shale gas industry, FirstEnergy announced July 30 that it has begun construction on a new transmission substation near Sherwood in Doddridge County.

FirstEnergy stated that the $36 million project, which also includes a short transmission line to connect the new 11-acre substation with an existing line located nearby, will enhance service reliability for nearby customers of Mon Power, a FE subsidiary.

In addition to supporting the MarkWest Sherwood natural gas processing facility, the new substation and line will reinforce the regional transmission system, which the company said is expected to benefit more than 6,000 Mon Power customers along the U.S. Route 50 corridor in Doddridge, Harrison and Ritchie counties.

"FirstEnergy's infrastructure enhancements help support the increased Marcellus gas activity in West Virginia," said Holly Kauffman, FirstEnergy's president of West Virginia Operations. "With the natural gas industry bringing new employment and business development opportunities to the state, FirstEnergy and Mon Power will keep pace by continuing to upgrade our system to meet this growing demand for safe and reliable electric service."

The new substation is expected to be completed and operational in December 2014.