- Flint Creek to Shipe Road Routing Review
American Electric Power (AEP) retained Burns & McDonnell to conduct a routing review for two overhead transmission lines. The transmission lines would be in Benton County, Ark. The transmission lines were 345-kV and 161-kV and would incorporate single pole structures.
AEP intends to construct approximately 18 miles of new 345-kV transmission line and 5 miles of new 161-kV transmission line in northwestern Arkansas. The new 345-kV line will connect the Flint Creek Substation to the newly proposed Shipe Road Substation. The 161-kV line will connect the Shipe Road Substation to the existing Centerton Substation. The new 161-kV line will split the existing Flint Creek to East Centerton 161-kV line at the point where it would cross the existing line. The existing 69-kV line running from the Centerton Substation to the East Centerton Substation would be rebuilt as a 161-kV line to complete the 161-kV connection from Shipe Road to East Centerton. These lines are intended to transfer additional electricity resulting from upgrades at the Flint Creek Power Plant.
Burns & McDonnell developed alternative routes for each portion of the project and made route recommendations based on a route analysis. As part of the CECPN application to the Arkansas Public Services Commission, Burns & McDonnell prepared two environmental impact statements, one for the 345-kV line and one for the 161-kV line. The Burns & McDonnell project manager provided expert testimony at the hearings before the commission.
- Routing studies
- Environmental impact statements
- GIS analysis
- CECPN application support
- Expert testimony