Fact Sheet - Southern Reinforcement Project
The Southern Reinforcement Project will add additional 230 kV overhead and underground transmission circuits in Camden and Gloucester counties. These additional circuits will deliver the increased electric capacity required by businesses and residents in South Jersey, increase transfer capability, improve the reliability of the system, and reduce transmission system congestion.
PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., the regional system operator responsible for planning the transmission system, identified the need for the Southern Reinforcement Project, to ensure reliability of electricity supplies in the region.
New Jersey Regional Benefits
Customers are using more electricity to power everything from big screen televisions to the latest kitchen appliances. As the continued demand for safe, highly reliable electricity grows, additional transmission lines are needed to this need now and into the future.
The PSE&G Southern Reinforcement Project is designed to deliver the electric power required by southern New Jersey businesses and residents. The project will relieve transmission system overloads, provide better power quality, and reduce transmission system congestion experienced in the region.
Project at a Glance
Estimated Project Cost: $ 435 million
Voltage upgrades: 230 kV
Overhead Transmission Upgrade
The overhead portion of the project will consist of the reconductoring of existing lines and the addition of a new circuit on primarily existing structures within PSE&G’s ROW.
Gloucester to Mickleton
- A new circuit will be installed, and an existing circuit will be reconductored in an existing right-of-way from the Gloucester Switching Station in Gloucester City to the Mickleton Substation where the circuits will be connected to Atlantic City Electric’s system in East Greenwich. These upgrades will primarily occur on existing transmission structures.
Municipalities along this route include Gloucester City, Brooklawn, Deptford Township, Woodbury, Westville, and West Deptford. These circuits span 10 miles.
Camden to Richmond
- An existing circuit will be re-conductored to allow additional capacity. This upgrade spans approximately 2 miles and will be installed in an existing right-of-way in Pennsauken, from PSE&G’s Camden Switching Station to PECO’s Richmond Substation in Philadelphia.
Underground Transmission Upgrade:
The Southern Reinforcement Project will add three new underground circuits to bolster reliability.
Gloucester to Camden
- An underground transmission circuit will be constructed from Gloucester City through Mount Ephraim, Haddon, Audubon, Audubon Park, Camden, Woodlynne, Collingswood, Cherry Hill, Merchantville and Pennsauken.The distance of this underground portion is approximately 7.5 miles.
Gloucester to Cuthbert
- An underground transmission circuit will be constructed from Gloucester City, through Mouth Ephraim, Haddon Township, Audubon, Audubon Park, Camden, Woodlynne, Collingswood, Pennsauken, to the Cuthbert Boulevard Substation in Cherry Hill, Spanning approximately 5.5 miles.
Cuthbert to Camden
- An underground circuit will be constructed through Cherry Hill, Merchantville, and Pennsauken.The distance of this underground portion is approximately 3 miles.
- As a result of the Southern Reinforcement Project, five substations will be upgraded, including the Gloucester Switching Station, Thorofare Substation (West Deptford), Deptford Substation, Camden Switching Station (Pennsauken) and the Cuthbert Boulevard Substation (Cherry Hill).
Anticipated Project Schedule
Construction Start Date: December 2012
In-Service Date: June 2015
The project will secure the necessary permits and approvals from municipalities along the route as well as the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and other appropriate state, regional and federal agencies.