REC Sperryville Sub­sta­tion be­ing up­graded with sec­ond trans­former

Rappahannock News - - FROM PAGE ONE - By John Mc­caslin Rap­pa­han­nock News staff

Res­i­dents and fre­quenters of Water Street in Sperryville have likely no­ticed on­go­ing con­struc­tion ac­tiv­ity at Rap­pa­han­nock Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive’s (REC) Sperryville Sub­sta­tion, which in­cludes in­stalling a sec­ond trans­former to in­crease ca­pac­ity and im­prove re­li­a­bil­ity.

“The Sperryville sub­sta­tion project is ac­tu­ally two projects,” Matt Faulconer, REC’s Man­ager of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs, tells the News, “one con­ducted last year, and an­other on­go­ing now. Both are to pro­vide in­creased ca­pac­ity and im­proved re­li­a­bil­ity, while also re­con­fig­ur­ing the sub­sta­tion to pro­vide more con­ve­nient and safer ac­cess when work needs to be per­formed inside the sub­sta­tion.”

Faulconer says the first project, now com­pleted, was to up­grade the sta­tion trans­former that con­verts in­com­ing elec­tric­ity from 35,000 volts (35 kV) to 12,000 volts (12 kV), the volt­age that flows on the lines dis­tribut­ing power through­out Rap­pa­han­nock County.

The sec­ond project, oc­cur­ring now, is up­grad­ing the sta­tion ca­pac­ity by in­stalling a sec­ond trans­former that con­verts in­com­ing elec­tric­ity from 138,000 (138kV) to 35 KV.

“Hav­ing the abil­ity to han­dle two dif­fer­ent lev­els of in­com­ing volt­ages pro­vides flex­i­bil­ity and al­lows the sub­sta­tion to be sup­plied from mul­ti­ple di­rec­tions,” he ex­plains.

Phys­i­cally speak­ing, the sub­sta­tion is not ex­pand­ing out­side its cur­rent fence line, which bor­ders Water Street to the east and the School­house Nine Golf Course to the west.

“The sta­tion’s perime­ter will re­main the same, but when the to­tal project is com­plete there will be more clear­ance be­tween equip­ment inside the sta­tion, while main­tain­ing open space ad­e­quate to ac­com­mo­date a mo­bile sub­sta­tion that can be used if any of the cur­rent equip­ment fails or needs to be taken off­line for main­te­nance,” says Faulconer.

The sec­ond project is ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of March 2019.

REC op­er­ates and main­tains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its ser­vice area, which stretches from these Blue Ridge Moun­tains to the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, en­com­pass­ing 22 coun­ties in all.


Not one, but two con­struc­tion projects have been on­go­ing at REC's Sperryville Sub­sta­tion, which will in­crease ca­pac­ity and im­prove re­li­a­bil­ity for cus­tomers.

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