Dominion picks site in Virginia for new power plant

Dominion Virginia Power is proposing to build a nearly 1,600 MW, natural gas-fueled power plant in Greensville County. The gas plant, which would cost more than $1 billion, would be a combined-cycle facility consisting of three gas-fired combustion turbines and a steam turbine designed to generate enough power for 400,000 typical homes at peak demand.

Pending regulatory approval, the station would create more than 1,000 jobs at the peak of construction and be operational in 2019 to meet projected demand growth. When operational, the station will have about 45 full-time employees.

In its first year of operation, the station is expected to provide as much as $8 million in property taxes.

The company plans to submit its application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to the State Corporation Commission in July. Construction would begin in mid- 2016, subject to SCC and environmental approvals.

The company selected the site for development because of its proximity to transmission and natural gas lines, water supply, railroads and major highways.

The station would be served by a Williams' Transco natural gas line that is being extended to the site and the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) that will cross the station property when that pipeline is built. This will improve operational reliability by providing flexibility and redundancy in procuring the station's fuel supply. The ACP will be critical to providing reliability, infrastructure, fuel supply diversity and helping to keep fuel costs low not only for this plant but the entire generation fleet.

The 1,143-acre site straddles the Greensville/Brunswick County line with 740 acres in Greensville County.

The company already has filed the necessary zoning permit applications with both jurisdictions. The applications also seek to have the site approved for the construction of a future large-scale solar power project.

In November 2014, Dominion issued a request for proposals (RFP) to begin delivery of electricity in the 2019/2020 timeframe. This is to support Dominion's generation needs as presented in the company's Integrated Resource Plan. After a thorough and objective evaluation of those proposals, this power station in Greensville County was selected as the option most beneficial to customers.

Dominion is currently building a 1,300 MW combined-cycle power station just 4.5 miles away in Brunswick County that is about 58 percent complete.

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