Fact Sheet - Sewaren - Metuchen 230kV Conversion Project

Overview

The Sewaren – Metuchen 230kV Conversion Project will upgrade two overhead transmission circuits in Middlesex County, New Jersey.  The project will improve electric reliability and eliminate the need to build a new generating station. It will also replace aged equipment, as well as equipment that was damaged during Superstorm Sandy. PJM Interconnection, LLC, the regional entity responsible for transmission system planning, identified the need for this important project and assigned it to PSE&G to enhance reliability of electricity supplies in the region. 

New Jersey Regional Benefits

Improved System Reliability:   

  • Reliable transmission lines ensure a dependable supply of electricity available to all users.
  • Affordable electricity for residential consumers.
  • Access to energy needed for businesses to expand and create new jobs.
  • Ample electricity needed for local public, health and safety facilities to provide important services.

Project at a Glance

Estimated Project Cost: $ 125 million

Voltage upgrades: 230kV

Project Segments: The Sewaren – Metuchen 230kV Conversion Project consists of 2 distinct segments:

  1. Overhead Transmission Upgrade from Sewaren to Metuchen (approximately 7 miles)
    • Beginning at Sewaren Switching Station in Woodbridge Township, NJ and ending at the Metuchen Switching Station in Edison, NJ. 
    • Existing Towers will be replaced by new monopole structures in Woodbridge Township and in the Township of Edison.
  2. Station Upgrades
    • Upgrades will be made at the following stations:
      • Sewaren Switching Station in Woodbridge Township, NJ
      • Woodbridge Substation in Woodbridge Township, NJ
      • Lafayette Road Substation in Woodbridge Township, NJ
      • Metuchen Switching Station in Edison, NJ

Anticipated Project Schedule

Overhead Construction Start Date:                       

  • Fall 2014 (underground ROW investigations)
  • Spring 2015 (road/foundation construction)
  • Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 (demo existing towers/install new towers)

Substation Upgrade Construction Start Date:         Fall 2014

Estimated In-Service Date:                                    June 2016