Dominion Virginia Power today announced the company is proposing to build an approximately 1600-megawatt, natural gas-fueled power station in Greensville County. The station, 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.
"We are proposing to construct the largest and most efficient natural-gas fueled power station in Virginia to bring our customers reliable, low-cost energy," said David Christian, chief executive officer for Dominion Generation.
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.
"This project is another great step toward the clean energy portfolio we need to build a new Virginia economy," said Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. "This plant will offer clean, reliable and low-cost energy to Virginia homes and businesses and at the same time, the jobs and tax revenue generated will be a positive boost for Greensville County and all of Southside Virginia."
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.