Thursday, December 1, 2022

Dominion delays moving transformers for Skiffes Creek power line

The Skiffes Creek Switching Station site is about 7.5 acres in size. (WYDaily/Steve Roberts, Jr.)
The Skiffes Creek Switching Station site is about 7.5 acres in size. (WYDaily/Steve Roberts, Jr.)

JAMES CITY — A plan to transport two 400,000-pound transformers for the Skiffes Creek transmission line project through James City County on Tuesday and Wednesday has been delayed.

Dominion spokeswoman Bonita Billingsley Harris said the transformers will be moved from Dominion’s Lightfoot location to the Skiffes Creek Switching Station in Grove one day later than expected.

The first transformer will now hit the road Wednesday night and arrive at the switching station Thursday morning. The second one will leave Thursday night and arrive Friday morning, Harris said.

The transformers will leave around midnight and take about 5 hours to complete the trip to Grove. The equipment will mostly travel on Route 60, but Dominion cannot provide a more detailed route for security reasons, Harris said.

Dominion, the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia State Police and several localities will work together to transport the transformers. Police will escort the equipment with lighting and other coordinated safety measures, Dominion said.

The 18-foot-high transformers are two of seven slated to move to the switching station.

The Skiffes Creek project includes the construction of 17 towers — some as tall as 295 feet — to carry an electrical transmission line over the James River. The project will bring power from Dominion’s Surry County nuclear plant to lower James City County.

The power line has been the subject of several lawsuits. Recently a federal judge dismissed two lawsuits from conservation groups, thereby allowing Dominion Energy to continue construction of the project.

For more information, the public can contact Dominion’s electric transmission team via email at powerline@dominionenergy.com or by calling toll-free at 888-291-0190.

WYDaily archives were used in this story. 

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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