Dominion seeks Virginia approval for 1,600-MW gas plant

Dominion (NYSE:D) has asked the Virginia State Corporate Commission (SCC) for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) to build a 1,600-MW, $1.3bn natural gas-fired power station in Greensville County, Va.

Affiliate Dominion Virginia Power expects to begin construction on the combined-cycle gas plant in 2016 pending SCC approval.

The station’s construction will create more than 1,000 jobs at peak and approximately 45 full-time positions once on line. In its first year of operation.

“Our analysis shows that over the life of this station our customers should save more than $2 billion versus the projected cost for purchasing the same amount of power for customers off the regional power grid,” said Dominion Generation CEO David Christian. “It will be highly efficient, low cost and very reliable. It will also have excellent environmental attributes and an extremely favorable location for fuel and transmission service.”

Dominion said that the plant will also feature lower water usage and a wastewater discharge plan that minimizes the impact to rivers and streams.

Dominion is already ordering large components for the power plant. Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas said in May that it has received an order from Dominion to supply three gas turbines for the Greensville plant.

In addition, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) plans to prepare an environmental assessment of natural gas supply lines to serve the planned power plant.

Dominion has been on something of a natural gas power plant building spree in its regulated Virginia territory during recent years. During the past winter, Dominion commissioned the 1,300-MW Warren County combined-cycle natural gas plant. The company is more than 60% complete with construction of the 1,300-MW Brunswick County gas plant.

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