Dominion’s Brunswick County project fired its first gas in December

Dominion Resources (NYSE: D) said Feb. 1 in a quarterly earnings statement that its 1,358-MW Brunswick County project is nearly complete, with first fire on gas coming in December.

Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer, said: “”We continue to execute with strong operational and safety performance and all major projects in our infrastructure growth plan are on time and on budget. Construction on Brunswick County, the 1,358-megawatt natural gas combined-cycle facility is about 96 percent complete with all three combustion turbines successfully firing on natural gas in December.”

Farrell added about another gas-fired project where the company’s Virginia Electric and Power subsidiary is seeking a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the Virginia State Corporation Commission: “The hearing on our request for a CPCN and rate rider for the proposed 1,588-megawatt Greensville County project was held in January. The facility is expected to achieve commercial operation in late 2018.”

Farrell noted that the Cove Point natural gas liquefaction project on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland is also progressing on time and on budget. The project overall is about 56% complete and engineering 97% complete, with the company on schedule for a late-2017 in-service date.

“We are continuing to work toward the commencement of construction on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and expect to execute construction contracts soon,” Farrell said about another project. “Construction is anticipated to begin in the fourth quarter of this year.”

Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 24,300 MW of generation, 12,200 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,500 miles of electric transmission lines.  Dominion operates one of the nation’s largest natural gas storage systems with 933 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves utility and retail energy customers in 14 states.

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