FirstEnergy Projects Support West Virginia Shale Gas Boom

By Keystone Clearwater Solutions -

FAIRMONT, W.Va., Dec. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) is working on about $100 million in new transmission projects and is evaluating additional system upgrades to support northern West Virginia’s rapidly expanding Marcellus Shale gas industry. The new transmission facilities will also enhance electric service reliability for Mon Power’s customers.

The new facilities include high-voltage substations and transmission lines to accommodate expanding natural gas processing facilities and other energy-intensive operations in West Virginia’s Marcellus Shale region. The new gas customer facilities account for projected load growth of about 400 megawatts (MW) through 2019, or the equivalent of about 200,000 new homes in Mon Power’s system.

“FirstEnergy’s infrastructure enhancements continue to help support the fast-growing Marcellus gas activity in West Virginia,” said Holly Kauffman, FirstEnergy’s president of West Virginia Operations. “This industry is bringing new jobs and economic prosperity to West Virginia, and we are working quickly to keep pace to upgrade our system to provide our gas industry customers access to safe, reliable and affordable electric power.”

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