Work underway in W.Va. for transmission substation to help meet gas industry's electric needs

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FirstEnergy Corp. says construction is underway on a new transmission substation in West Virginia to help meet the electric demands of the area's rapidly expanding Marcellus Shale gas industry.

The company also says the new substation also will support and help enhance service reliability for Mon Power's customers in Doddridge and neighboring counties.

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Officials say crews recently completed the foundation work and erected steel structures at the new 11-acre site.

The $36 million project near Sherwood also includes a short transmission line to connect the new substation with an existing line located nearby.

The new substation is expected to be completed and operational in December 2014.

Mon Power serves about 385,000 customers in 34 West Virginia counties.