Reliability Project Overview
The North Central Reliability Project will ensure reliable electric power for approximately one-third of New Jersey’s population in the central and northern part of the state by upgrading the transmission system and substations from 138kV to 230kV operation. The selected route follows an existing PSE&G right-of-way connecting PSEG’s West Orange Switching station in Essex County to its Sewaren Substation in Middlesex County. The project also includes PSE&G station construction and upgrades in West Orange, Livingston, Fanwood, Edison, and Woodbridge.
Overall construction began 2Q 2012. The entire project is estimated to be in-service by 2Q 2014.
Along the existing PSE&G right-of-way, 138kV overhead transmission wires have been upgraded and once energized will operate at 230kV. The lattice structures that held the 138kV wires have been replaced with new monopole structures. PSE&G’s New Dover Substation and its Pierson Avenue Substation have been upgraded from 138kV to 230kV.
All major overhead construction activity, including restoration work, has been completed as of July, 2014.