Dominion’s Warren County gas plant hits the halfway mark

Dominion Virginia Power‘s 1,329-MW, gas-fired Warren County Power Station, under construction in Warren County, Va., near Front Royal, has reached a major milestone.

Seventeen months after starting construction, the station is 50% complete and on track to be online by the fourth quarter of 2014.

“It is starting to take shape,” said Bob McKinley, vice president of Generation Construction, in a Sept. 26 statement. “We are in the final stages of major equipment installation and our work is transitioning to interconnecting the equipment with piping, cable, instrumentation and so on.”

In addition to reaching the halfway mark, the station also peaked for the number of employees on site at 1,400. The workforce will start to go down over the next few months.

Once complete, the 1,329-MW combined-cycle power station will employ about 40 and produce enough electricity to serve more than 330,000 customers. The station will help Dominion meet the growing energy needs in Northern Virginia and throughout the state.

Warren County Energy Partners, which is a partnership of Burns & McDonnell and Zachry Construction, is building the station for Dominion.

A key reason that Dominion is building this plant is a reduced role for coal in its future plans. The outright retirement in 2015 of six coal-fired units at the Yorktown and Chesapeake plants, and the 2014 conversion of the Bremo coal plant to firing natural gas, are major features of an integrated resource plan filed Aug. 30 at the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) by the company.

Virginia Electric and Power does business in Virginia as Dominion Virginia Power.

To meet expected load growth, the company filed with the SCC for approval to construct and operate the Warren County Power Station. In February 2012, the SCC granted that approval and the company began construction within days afterward.

In November 2012, the company filed an application with the SCC to construct and operate the Brunswick County Power Station, a 1,375 MW natural gas powered facility located in Brunswick County, Va. On Aug. 2, the SCC granted that approval and the plant is in the early construction stage.

Dominion Virginia Power is a unit of Dominion Resources (NYSE: D), one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 23,500 MW of generation, 11,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline and 6,400 miles of electric transmission lines.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.