Old Dominion Electric signs gas turbine deal with Mitsubishi

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) finalized the terms of its agreement with Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas at an official contract signing ceremony held on Sept. 17 at ODEC’s Glen Allen, Va., headquarters.

Mitsubishi will supply two natural gas powered turbines and associated electric generators to ODEC’s proposed Wildcat Point facility. Wildcat Point will be a natural gas-fired power plant located in Cecil County, Md., adjacent to ODEC’s existing Rock Springs plant. The new power plant will be one of the cleanest natural gas facilities of its size in Maryland and will generate about 1,000 MW. The plant is expected to become operational in 2017.

ODEC President and CEO Jack Reasor and Koji Hasegawa, CEO of Mitsubishi Power Systems, executed the contract in front of an audience of ODEC and Mitsubishi staff.

Said Reasor: “We are very pleased to enter into this agreement with Mitsubishi as the gas turbine supplier for Wildcat Point. Based on their position as a leader in power generation technology, we believe Mitsubishi is the right partner to help us supply reliable power through Wildcat Point.”

ODEC said it has experienced more than 26% growth in electricity sales over the last 10 years and expects additional growth over the next decade. Wildcat Point will provide ODEC’s 11 member distribution cooperatives a new source of reliable electricity, including 52,000 members on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

ODEC applied in May with the Maryland Public Service Commission for approval of this project, with that application being handled under a procedural schedule that extends to the spring of 2014.

Richard McWhorter Jr., ODEC’s Vice President, Operations and Asset Management, said in testimony filed at the PSC that the existing Rock Springs facility comprises four General Electric 7FA simple-cycle gas turbine generators with supporting equipment, including an eight million gallon service water storage tank. A 500-kV ring-bus substation is located on site and serves the existing facility. A Columbia Gas Transmission natural gas pipeline runs diagonally across the eastern portion of the Rock Springs site and is used to support the existing facility. This gas line is one of three options being considered for use as a fuel source for the project.

When the existing facility was originally permitted and constructed, permits were obtained and initial site preparation was completed for two additional simple-cycle gas turbine generators. Switchyard facilities necessary for two additional units were constructed, and a generator step-up transformer was purchased and installed to support future expansion units.

This is not the only new gas-fired project in the works in Maryland.

  • Mattawoman Energy LLC, a project affiliate of Panda Power Funds, applied July 19 at the Maryland PSC for approval of an 859-MW, gas-fired power project to be located about 12 miles southeast of Washington, D.C., in Prince George’s County, Md. It would be for a 2-on-1, gas-fired combined-cycle facility featuring two H-class combustion turbines and two duct-fired heat recovery steam generators.
  • Genesis Power proposes to construct and operate a new nominal 735-MW, two-on-one (2×1) combined-cycle, natural gas-fired plant in Prince George’s County, Md. The Keys Energy Center project site is located north of North Keys Road and about 1.25 miles east of Brandywine, said the project website.
  • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 11 accepted an executed interconnection agreement filed by PJM Interconnection for the 785-MW CPV Maryland LLC. The ISA facilitates the interconnection to the PJM transmission system of a 785-MW, gas-fired facility located in Waldorf, Md. This is to be called the St. Charles Combined Cycle Facility.
  • The Dominion Cove Point LNG LP unit of Dominion Resources (NYSE: D) is is pursuing a Maryland PSC approval for a 130-MW, gas-fired, inside-the-fence power plant to run a liquefied natural gas facility.
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