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American Electric Power (AEP) has selected Houston-based Quanta Services to rebuild 66 miles of its 345 kV power line near Corpus Christi, Texas.

Currently projected for completion in March 2016, this project is the first of five phases of energized transmission upgrades planned in the area by AEP. Pre-construction activities are under way, and construction is expected to start in the fourth quarter and ramp up throughout 2013.

Quanta says it will perform its work in an energized state utilizing proprietary processes and equipment to avoid service outages to AEP's customers during construction. This work is part of a program to upgrade a total of 240 miles of line in South Texas spanning from Harlingen to Corpus Christi and ending in Edinburg. Once in service, the transmission line upgrade is expected to increase the line's power capacity by more than 40%, according to Quanta Services.



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