New 138kV Substation Coming to Lorain

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) started work on May 2 on a new substation and associated transmission lines in Lorain, Ohio. The facility is designed to support the new arc furnace that Republic Steel is building there. On May 3, FirstEnergy officials and representatives from the city of Lorain participated in the [...]

FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) started work on May 2 on a new substation and associated transmission lines in Lorain, Ohio. The facility is designed to support the new arc furnace that Republic Steel is building there. On May 3, FirstEnergy officials and representatives from the city of Lorain participated in the groundbreaking ceremony. Among those present were Don Moul, regional president of FirstEnergy’s Ohio Edison utility, and Lorain mayor Chase Ritenauer.

Dubbed the Black River Substation, the new facility will provide 138 kilovolts (or 138,000 volts) of power to support future operations at Republic Steel, an Ohio steelmaker. It will also have the capacity to supply power to much of the city, and will ultimately replace the existing Edgewater Substation and transmission lines along the Lake Erie waterfront.

Republic Steel is investing $85.2 million to build an electric arc furnace that will melt scrap metal, effectively recycling it into fresh steel, and to expand its operations in Lorain. The plant hasn’t made its own steel since 2008, when Republic Steel shut down the blast furnace, cutting 700 jobs. The new electric furnace, which is expected to open in June 2013, will be able to melt about 1 million tons of steel per year.

”The Republic Steel expansion is expected to bring nearly 450 new jobs to the region, and we’re very pleased to support this important economic development project through the construction of our new substation,” said Don Moul.

More than 75 FirstEnergy employees and local contractors will be involved in the design, planning, construction and commissioning of the new substation. The facility will be owned and operated by American Transmission Systems Inc., a subsidiary of FirstEnergy.

Headquartered in Akron, FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. It owns 10 electric distribution companies and has a total generating capacity of approximately 23,000 megawatts.

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