FERC to write enviro review on two pipeline projects for Md. power plants

The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) on two related projects – the St. Charles Transportation and Keys Energy projects– both involving construction and operation of facilities proposed by Dominion Cove Point LNG LP to serve new gas-fired power plants in Maryland.

The commission said in a Jan. 5 notice that it will use this EA in its decision-making process to determine whether the projects are in the public convenience and necessity. The scoping period for providing comments on what should be covered by the EA will close on Feb. 4.

Dominion Cove Point (DCP) proposes to construct, install, own, operate, and maintain certain facilities located in Fairfax County, Virginia, and across the Potomac River in Charles County, Maryland, which comprise the St. Charles Transportation Project and the Keys Energy Project.

The St. Charles Transportation Project would consist of:

  • Pleasant Valley Compressor Station (Fairfax County, Virginia);
  • Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) Maryland Interconnect (Charles County, Maryland), which involves installation of two new 16-inch taps (one on TL-522 and one on TL-532) for customer delivery.

The St. Charles Transportation Project would allow delivery of an additional 132,000 dekatherms per day (Dt/d) of natural gas to CPV Maryland LLC. According to DCP, additional compression at the Pleasant Valley Compressor Station is required to deliver gas to CPV Maryland. The two new 16-inch taps would be required for customer delivery.

The Keys Energy Project would consist of:

  • Pleasant Valley Compressor Station (Fairfax County, Virginia);
  • Keys Energy Interconnect (Charles County, Maryland), covering installation of two new 16-inch taps (one on TL-522 and one on TL-532) for customer delivery.

The Keys Energy Project would provide an additional approximately 107,000 Dt/d of natural gas to a new generating station to be constructed by Keys Energy Center LLC in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The Pleasant Valley Compressor Station would provide additional compression needed to deliver gas to the Keys Energy Center. The two new 16-inch taps would be required for customer delivery.

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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.