FirstEnergy Projects Support Western Pennsylvania Shale Gas Boom
GREENSBURG, Pa., Feb. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) is investing nearly $35 million in new electric transmission projects to support the Marcellus Shale gas industry in western Pennsylvania. The new transmission facilities also will help enhance service reliability for West Penn Power customers.
The projects include upgrading an existing transmission line as well as building or expanding two electric substations to accommodate expanding natural gas processing plants and compressor stations in western Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale gas fields. New gas facilities in the area account for about 370 megawatts (MW) of projected load growth, or the equivalent of more than 180,000 new homes in FirstEnergy’s western Pennsylvania utility territory.