Dominion Virginia Power seeks extension for in-service date of 230-kV project

Virginia Electric and Power (Dominion Virginia Power), in a May 9 motion, requested that the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) extend to Dec. 31 the date for placing in service facilities included as part of a 230-kV transmission line relocation project that the SCC previously approved.

As noted in the motion, the SCC last October issued its final order approving the company’s application to relocate an approximately 0.5-mile section of the existing single-circuit 230-kV transmission line, Occoquan-Ogden Martin Line #2042, located in Fairfax County, Va., near the Graham Quarry, which is owned and operated by Vulcan Materials Company.

Dominion Virginia Power said that it submitted the application at the request of two customers, Vulcan and Fairfax County Water Authority, in order to accommodate a phased Quarry development plan for two future water reservoirs to meet the long-term water needs of the region.

The SCC’s order noted that the project must be built and in service by May 31, but that the company is granted leave to apply for an extension for good cause shown. That provision reflected the company’s expected May 31 in-service date of the project, subject to SCC approval by Nov. 30, 2016, and Vulcan’s ability to obtain all necessary permitting and complete required grading, Dominion Virginia Power added.

Vulcan is fully funding the relocation project, Dominion Virginia Power said, adding that as of the date of the motion, Vulcan is working through its permitting processes, but has not yet obtained the necessary permits or completed the necessary grading of its property. Nevertheless, Dominion Virginia Power is starting construction work this month in the areas outside of the Vulcan areas needing permits and grading. Dominion Virginia Power also said that its and Vulcan’s current schedule provides for project completion by the end of November, assuming Vulcan is able to timely obtain the necessary permits and complete grading.

The company further noted that there were no notices of participation or respondent testimony filed in the proceeding, and that counsel for SCC staff has authorized Dominion Virginia Power to represent that staff does not object to the grant of the company’s requested extension.

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