The accolades for Dominion Virginia Power's Brunswick County Power Station keep rolling in. Tuesday, the station received two top honors: Best Overall Generation Project of the Year and Best Gas-Fired Project of the Year at the Power-Gen International 2016 Conference in Orlando, Florida.
The highly efficient, low-emissions Brunswick County Power Station was selected based on technological innovation, local impact, logistical challenges, creativity and capacity. The POWER-GEN Conference is sponsored by Power Engineering magazine.
"Since it began generating electricity for our customers in April, Brunswick County Power Station has become a workhorse for our company. It is providing clean, reasonably priced electricity for our customers and demonstrating that it certainly is one of the best power stations of its kind in the world," said Mark Mitchell, vice president-Generation Construction.
Mitchell noted that the station helps reduce carbon emissions in addition to providing reliable and lower-cost energy. The station produces electricity with about half the carbon as power purchased from the regional grid when operating on peak.
In November, Dominion and Fluor Corporation -- which built and designed Brunswick County Power Station for Dominion -- received two awards from Engineering News-Record Mid-Atlantic. The station was honored as Best Project in the Energy/Industrial category and Excellence in Safety Best Project.
Brunswick uses natural gas and energy efficient technology to produce 1,358 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 340,000 homes. Brunswick has three Mitsubishi Hitachi combustion turbines – essentially large jet engines. The combustion turbines generate electricity and then heat is captured and used to create steam used to create even more electricity.
Construction on the station began in the summer of 2013. At the height of construction, the station had more than 1,500 workers on site.
Brunswick County joins its sister station, Warren County Power Station, as recipient of Power Engineering's top award. Warren County was the winner in 2015.