Dominion’s 1,358-MW Brunswick plant is over 80% complete

The 1,358-MW Brunswick gas-fired plant of Virginia Electric and Power d/b/a Dominion Virginia Power has gone into a very iniitial level of operation, with back-feed of power into the plant ongoing, but the project is not due for full commercial operation until May 2016.

The utility on Oct. 1 filed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission its annual update filing with respect to the Rider BW in its rates for the Brunswick County Power Station, a 1,358 MW (nominal) natural gas-fired combined-cycle facility in Brunswick County, Virginia. The commission granted certificates of public convenience and necessity for the Brunswick County project in August 2013.

“The Brunswick County Project is currently on schedule to be fully operational in May of 2016,” the filing said. “This schedule – for construction, testing, and commercial operations of the Brunswick County Project – has not changed since initial Commission approval of the Project in the Brunswick County Final Order.”

The estimated construction costs for the Brunswick County project have not changed since the 2014 Annual Update. The total forecasted costs to construct the project are $1.21 billion (excluding financing costs), which is approximately 4.6% below the original forecast.

Mark D. Mitchell, the utility’s Vice President of Generation Construction, wrote in supporting testimony: “Erection of the major systems including combustion turbine generators, steam turbine generators, major piping systems, air cooled condenser and heat recovery steam generator are all currently at a high level of completion. Electrical back-feed into the facility from Dominion Virginia Power’s 500 kV transmission system has occurred, and commissioning of plant control systems has started. Through July 2015, the overall project is approximately 81% complete, with construction approximately 80% complete. There are over 1,300 personnel currently on-site with over 4.1 million hours worked to date.”

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