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Helicopter Transmission Power Lines

Purpose

We have identified an aging electric transmission line, which has been in operation for over 40 years that needs to be rebuilt. This line is known as the Wateree – Hopkins 230 kV line and is 18 miles in length. The entirety of the rebuild will be done exclusively on existing transmission rights-of-way.

We will replace the existing 230 kilovolt (kV) wooden poles along this 18-mile corridor with self-supporting galvanized steel structures. The new line will be designed to meet all modern electric codes as well as provide additional reliability and resiliency to the greater East Columbia area. The rebuilt lines will be constructed by Dominion Energy contractors.

Benefits

  • Maintains current right of way
  • New structures located in the same general location as existing structures
  • Complies with mandatory standards to ensure safety, reliability and to meet future needs
  • Minimizes impact to the community and environment
  • Replaces aging infrastructure

Timeline

The Engineering Design and Environmental Permitting began in the 1st quarter of 2021 and is ongoing. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2023 and is expected to be complete by the end of 2023. Letters will be sent out to impacted property owners along the route as DESC gets closer to construction.

Contact Us

Call us M - F, 8am - 5pm

(866) 865-1466

Construction-Related Impacts

Service Interruption

Your electric service is not expected to be impacted by this project.

Equipment Lifespan

40+ Years

The equipment has been in service for 40+ years and needs to be replaced.

Traffic

This project is not expected to impact traffic.

Noise

Noise levels will be minimal; permits are in place.

Construction Times

8am - 5pm

Most work will be completed between these hours, on weekdays.

Environment

This project will not have environmental impacts.

Neighborhood

Access to surrounding neighborhoods will not be impacted.

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