Dominion Resources (NYSE: D) plans to spend more than $1bn to build a 1,300-MW combined-cycle natural gas plant in Brunswick County, Va.
Dominion said Feb. 28 it expects to ask the Virginia State Corporation Commission later this year for permission to build the Brunswick County plant, which it hopes to have completed in mid-2016.
If approved by state regulators, the Brunswick County power station would be built on a 205-acre site on U.S. Route 58 east of Lawrenceville. At least 600 workers would be on site during construction. The station would provide about 30 full-time jobs.
Dominion already has received the necessary conditional use permits from the Brunswick County Board of Supervisors to build the station and has applied to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for the air permit.
Output from the Brunswick County facility would replace the electricity generated by coal units at two eastern Virginia stations that are scheduled for retirement. It would also help meet the company’s growing electric demand.
“The Brunswick County site offers us an ideal location to generate electricity to serve southside Virginia and Hampton Roads reliably and will help us close the gap of 4,000 MW in additional peak demand that our customers are expected to need within the next decade,” said Thomas Farrell II, chairman, president and CEO for Dominion. Dominion is the parent company of Virginia Electric Power, the state’s largest electric utility.
Building the station is the most effective way to help Dominion meet federal clean air requirements and also reduce the amount of power that Dominion must import from outside Virginia, Farrell said.
Dominion said last September that it would likely retire several coal units at its Chesapeake center and Yorktown stations by 2016. It is more cost-effective to close the units than install environmental control equipment necessary to meet new federal environmental regulations, the company said.
Dominion has been actively adding to its power plant portfolio. In 2011 the company completed the 590-MW Bear Garden combined-cycle gas plant in Buckingham County, Va. This summer it is scheduled to complete the 585-MW Virginia City Hybrid coal-and-biomass plant in Wise County, Va. Dominion is also preparing to start construction on a 1,300-MW natural gas combined-cycle plant in Warren County, Va.