Transco kicks off construction on pipeline to serve Wildcat Point power project

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC on June 24 told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which had approved this project on March 19, that construction activities for the Rock Springs Expansion Project commenced on June 23.

The members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 19 approved this gas pipeline lateral, which will supply a 1,000-MW power project of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative with needed fuel. The new Wildcat Point Generating Facility will be in Cecil County, Maryland. Transco proposes to construct and operate the Rock Springs Expansion Project to provide 192,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/d) of firm natural gas transportation service from Transco’s Station 210 Zone 6 Pool in Mercer County, New Jersey, to the power plant. Transco estimates the project facilities will cost $79.5 million.

The precedent agreement with Old Dominion is for a 30-year firm transportation service agreement for 192,000 Dth/d under Transco’s Rate Schedule FT. Old Dominion has elected to pay a negotiated rate for the proposed firm transportation service. However, Transco proposes an incremental recourse reservation charge for transportation service on the expansion facilities. Transco must complete construction of the proposed facilities and make them available for service within two years of the date of the March 19 order.

Said the Old Dominion website about the power project: “Wildcat Point was approved in May 2014 when ODEC received a Certificate of Public Convenience & Necessity (CPCN) from the Maryland Public Service Commission. A CPCN is essentially a package of permits authorizing construction of the facility. Construction began in late 2014 and remains underway with the plant expected to become fully operational in the Spring of 2017.”

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