Company reportedly looking to build natural gas plant in Virginia

A non-utility is reportedly interested in building a major combined-cycle natural gas power plant in Chesapeake, Virginia, not far from where Dominion Resources (NYSE:D) utility Virginia Electric and Power Co. has its existing power station.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Sept. 7 that Matex Virginia Power LLC aims to build a natural gas-fueled power plant near Dominion’s Chesapeake Energy Center. The combined-cycle facility would have a generating capacity of about 1,400 MW, the newspaper reported. The plant would be built on land owned by International-Matex Tank Terminals (IMTT), next to the company’s fuel and fertilizer storage tanks.

A clerk with the Chesapeake City Council said the matter has not yet officially come before the City Council.

A spokesperson with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) said no application has yet been filed with the SCC. That was also the case with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). “DEQ has not received an application for this project, so we really don’t have any information on it. That may change if the project moves along,” the DEQ spokesperson told GenerationHub on Sept. 8.

Matex Virginia Power LLC is organized in Delaware, and like International Matex, is reportedly an affiliate of Macquarie Infrastructure Corp.

Macquarie Managing Director Jay Davis spoke Aug. 30 at the Midwest Ideas Investors Conference in Chicago. Davis noted that Macquarie’s power and energy division has some renewable projects as well as the Bayonne Energy Center in New Jersey. That natural gas power plant has a contract to provide capacity and peaking power for New York, Davis said in a webcast recording of his presentation.

Natural gas for the project would come from a new gas pipeline being developed by Dominion, the newspaper noted. The planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which will run from West Virginia to North Carolina with a branch through Chesapeake, will be routed through the area.

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