SWEPCO to host open house to announce electric transmission investment in North Texas

D line in Panhandle

Dust storms are a common occurrence in the Texas Panhandle. This is a view of a SWEPCO distribution line near Dodson. The company 69,000-volt transmission line between Clarendon and Childress will be rebuilt to ensure reliability in the area.

Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) plans to rebuild about 60 miles of existing transmission line in between Clarendon and Childress. The Clarendon-Childress Transmission Line Rebuild Project will ensure continued electric reliability to area customers and provide vital support for local economic development.

SWEPCO will host a come-and-go informational open house on Thursday, June 8 between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. at Barfield Activity Center in Clarendon. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. and visitors can arrive at any time during the open house to learn more about the planned improvements, review maps and talk with project representatives.

The project involves replacing approximately 60 miles of existing 69-kilovolt (kV) transmission wood poles with single-pole steel structures. The company will also replace the existing electrical wire with new conductor. These upgrades will reduce the likelihood of extended outages to customers in the area.

Construction is expected to begin in Fall 2017. The company expects to complete construction in late 2019.

Additional information about the project including an interactive map, timeline and updates can be found at www.SWEPCO.com/Clarendon-Childress.

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