Natural gas-fired plant enters service

Dominion Virginia Power, a unit of Dominion, began commercial operations at the $619 million, 580 MW Bear Garden combined-cycle power plant in central Virginia. The plant cost around $1,067 a kW.

Construction began in April 2009. The plant features two, 170 MW combustion turbine units fired by natural gas with oil as a backup fuel source. Superheated exhaust from the turbines is used to generate steam that spins another turbine, producing an additional 240 MW. Fluor was the project’s engineering, procurement and construction firm.

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