Helicopter Working on SWEPCO Transmission Lines in north Shreveport and Bossier City

AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) has construction crews at work in the area to rebuild a 69,000 volt transmission line between the Brownlee Substation in Bossier City and the North Market Substation in Shreveport.

During the construction of the line, construction crews will utilize a helicopter to perform work on the transmission line. Crews will use a helicopter to pull wire between the structures at two separate locations on the line.

The work is scheduled over the next week beginning around October 7 running for about two days. Weather delays could alter the flight schedule.

The work requires the helicopter to pull wire from one structure to the next and make the necessary connections to the transmission poles. This method of construction will help to reduce impact to the land and minimize damage to property.

The project was ordered by the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), the regional transmission organization responsible for overseeing the electric transmission grid in parts of Louisiana to address regional reliability issues. SPP operates to ensure reliable supplies of power, adequate transmission infrastructure and reasonable wholesale rates.

SWEPCO serves 530,000 customers in western Arkansas, northwest and central Louisiana, northeast Texas and the Texas Panhandle. SWEPCO’s headquarters are in Shreveport, La. News releases and other information about SWEPCO can be found at www.swepco.com. SWEPCO is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states.





Carey Sullivan,
Corporate Communications