Dominion brings online 1,300-MW Warren County power plant

Dominion (NYSE:D) has completed its latest addition to its growing natural gas power fleet in its regulated Virginia territory with commercial operation of the 1,329-MW Warren County power plant near Front Royal, Va.

The $1.1bn project entered commercial operation Dec. 10, Dominion said in a news release. The facility can produce enough electricity to power about 325,000 homes at peak demand.

“It fills a critical need to meet growing demand in the Commonwealth and in Northern Virginia in particular,” said Dominion Generation CEO David A. Christian. The plant is located about 65 miles Northwest of Washington, D.C. “It is built to be both environmentally and economically efficient, promoting quality of life as well as economic development,” Christian said.

Construction started in March 2012. At the peak more than 1,500 workers were on site. Zachry Industrial built the plant for Dominion. Now complete, the station will be staffed by about 40 full-time employees.

The station has more than 350 miles of electrical cable and 35 miles of pipe. The 37,000 cubic yards of concrete used in the construction is enough to pave an 8-mile stretch of two-lane highway.

Warren County Power Station now becomes the largest natural gas-fueled generating facility in the state. It is expected to relinquish that title in 2016, when its sister station, Dominion’s 1360-MW Brunswick Power Station, in Brunswick County, is scheduled to come on line, the company said.

Dominion is also doing groundwork on a 1,680-MW combined-cycle gas project that would be located in Greensville County, Va.

Dominion is becoming a bigger player in natural gas in multiple ways. It is pursuing development of a major liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Maryland and is partnering with Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) in the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The gas pipeline, which will pass through North Carolina and Virginia and into West Virginia, is already 90% subscribed, Dominion officials have said.

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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants. Wayne can be reached at wayneb@pennwell.com.