July 12, 2016 - 3:11 PM EDT
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JCP&L Completes Final Phase of Transmission Project to Enhance Reliability in Mercer, Middlesex and Monmouth Counties

MORRISTOWN, N.J., July 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has completed the final phase of a $48 million, 11.5-mile transmission line project designed to enhance service reliability and system resiliency for nearly 34,000 customers in Mercer, Middlesex and Monmouth counties.

Recently completed work included the construction of a new, 8-mile 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission line between an existing JCP&L substation in Hightstown and a transmission structure located along State Highway 33 near Manalapan.  This project was the second phase of work begun in 2013 to replace or rebuild a 230-kV transmission line and support structures along more than three miles of existing right-of-way from a substation in Manalapan to Millstone. 

"This vital infrastructure improvement could not have been successfully constructed without the cooperation of multiple municipal, county and state officials and agencies," said Tony Hurley, JCP&L vice president of Operations.  "This combined effort helped complete the project in a timely and efficient manner to better serve customers in central New Jersey."

The project included installing more than 200 new wood utility poles, five new steel monopoles, and more than 174,000 feet of new wire.  In addition, the substation at Hightstown received a new transformer and circuit breaker upgrades were installed to increase operational flexibility and reliability.  The completed project enhances electrical service to customers in East Windsor, Englishtown, Hightstown, Manalapan, Millstone and Monroe and is located within or adjacent to existing corridors, roadways and railroad rights-of-way.    

JCP&L is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE).  JCP&L serves 1.1 million New Jersey customers in the counties of Burlington, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.  Follow JCP&L on Twitter @JCP_L, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JCPandL or online at www.jcp-l.com.

FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence.  Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland, and New York.  Visit FirstEnergy on the web at www.firstenergycorp.com, and follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp.

Editor's Note:  Photos of some of the work for this JCP&L substation project are available for download on Flickr.

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SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.

Source: PR Newswire (July 12, 2016 - 3:11 PM EDT)

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