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FirstEnergy Corp. subsidiary Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is installing a new circuit breaker and transformer as part of a $1.2 million upgrade project at its Manalapan substation to help enhance service reliability in Monmouth County, N.J.

According to FirstEnergy, the 230 kV circuit breaker, which is 15 feet tall and weighs about 5 tons, will help limit the frequency and duration of power outages and meet increased demand for electricity.

The project, FirstEnergy says, also includes the addition of two new distribution circuits from the Manalapan substation that will help provide greater resiliency for JCP&L customers in the Manalapan and Millstone Township areas. The company notes that the circuit work involves adding new crossarms, fuses and transformers on existing poles, along with installing protective equipment, such as animal guards and lightning arrestors.

"The new equipment allows us to switch circuits quickly should an interruption occur, while the new substation circuit breaker and transformer help make the local and regional transmission system stronger," comments Anthony Hurley, JCP&L vice president of operations.

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