1,400-MW Gilmerton gas project in Virginia clears a local approval

The Virginian-Pilot newspaper reported Dec. 20 that on the same day the Chesapeake, Va., City Council approved zoning for a natural gas-fired, 1,400-MW plant to be built along the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River.

This is in the greater Norfolk, Va., region, with the project site located next to Dominion Virginia Power‘s shut Chesapeake power plant. City Council members approved a use permit and rezoning request for the proposed power plant. The property address is 2801 South Military Highway. The site is next to the Matex storage terminal on the river.

The Gilmerton Energy Center would use three gas-combustion turbines and one steam turbine (3×1) and is being developed by Gilmerton Energy Center LLC. A package of background materials from the Dec. 20 City Council meeting shows it will be fueled by natural gas, with ultra-low-sulfur distillate oil as a backup. Gas would come from a new pipeline lateral of Dominion. The grid interconnection point is at the substation for Dominion’s Chesapeake power plant, which was shut at the end of 2014.

The background materials say the project is targeted for commercial operation in January 2021.

A project contact listed in the background materials is: Gilmerton Energy Center LLC, Attn: Sue Yang, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, 125 West 55th Street, Level 15, New York, NY 10019, 917-238-0351, sue.yang@macquarie.com.

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