Moundsville Pipeline seeks okay to serve planned West Virginia power plant

Moundsville Pipeline LLC applied March 4 at the Public Service Commission of West Virginia for a certificate of convenience and necessity to construct, operate and maintain an intrastate bypass pipeline in Marshall County, West Virginia, for the sole purpose of serving the planned Moundsville Power LLC power plant.

Moundsville Pipeline is a joint venture of Vineyard Oil & Gas Co. and East Resources Inc., both of which are authorized to do business in West Virginia. Vineyard and East have a long history of working together on pipeline and other energy related projects in the Appalachian production region, the application noted.

The sole purpose of the intrastate pipeline is to: receive natural gas in West Virginia from two Texas Eastern Transmission LP (TETCO) pipelines; receive ethane in West Virginia from a purity ethane pipeline owned by Blue Racer Midstream LLC; blend the natural gas and ethane into a specified blended fuel mix at a blending facility in West Virginia owned by Moundsville Pipeline and located in Marshall County about 5.5 miles south of the Moundsville Power site; and transport the blended fuel mix approximately 5.5 miles for the sole purpose of serving the Moundsville Power gas-fired exempt wholesale generator.

The entirety of this pipeline project, including rights-of-way, permitting, construction, and testing will take approximately 24 months. The total cost of the project will be approximately $21.5 million and will be fully funded by Moundsville Pipeline.

Now that the West Virginia Public Service Commission has approved the siting certificate for a 549-MW combined-cycle natural gas plant, Moundsville Power LLC said Feb. 16 that it can now proceed to financing. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2015, with the plant operational in early 2018, the company noted. The Moundsville Power facility will be a wholesale generator for the PJM Interconnection grid. The PSC approval was issued on Feb. 13.

Black & Veatch, a global engineering, consulting and construction company will design and build the plant. General Electric, the world’s largest manufacturer of power plant turbines and generators, will provide the natural gas and steam turbines as well as other power island equipment. General Electric will also provide a long-term maintenance agreement. The plant will use GE 7F.04 gas turbines in a two-by-one configuration.

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