Dominion proposes 1,100 MW merchant electric plant

By the OGJ Online Staff

HOUSTON, Sept. 28, 2001 – Dominion Resources Inc. Friday said it plans to build a $600 million, 1,100 MW merchant power plant in Roxboro, NC.

The gas-fired, combined cycle facility, if approved, would be built in two phases. The first 550 MW would begin commercial operations in June 2005, and the second 550 MW would come on line in October 2005.

The proposed facility would connect along existing rights of way to Carolina Power & Light Co.’s 230 kv transmission lines that run near the site. The Richmond, Va., company said the facility would use about 180,000 decatherms/day of natural gas from the Greenbrier Pipeline, currently being developed by Dominion and Piedmont Natural Gas Co.

The 263-mile project, linking multiple gas supply basins and storage to growing markets in the Southeast, initially would move 600,000 decatherms/day of gas.

The Greenbrier pipeline, which was announced by Dominion last October, will originate in Kanawha County, W. Va., with connections to Dominion Transmission Co. and Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.

The companies said a segment of the Greenbrier pipeline could be ready for service by the second quarter of 2005 to meet power generation market requirements, with the rest completed by the fourth quarter of 2005 to supply gas utilities.

Gas supplies delivered from Dominion Transmission and Tennessee Gas Pipeline into Greenbrier near Charleston, W.Va., could come from the Appalachian, Canadian, Gulf Coast, and Midcontinent regions, the companies said. Gas also could be drawn from Dominion’s storage services.

They planned to apply to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the first quarter 2002. Under Dominion’s proposal, the company will sell the power plant’s output to the wholesale electricity market.

During times of peak demand, Dominion said the facility would use about 8 million gpd of water for cooling the turbines. About 5.5 million gallons would be released as water vapor, and about 2.5 million gallons would be pretreated and returned to the city of Roxboro.

Dominion said it is working with the city of Roxboro and Person County on the supply water to the facility.

Thomas F. Farrell II, CEO of Dominion Energy, Dominion’s electric generation subsidiary, said availability of gas, water, and electric transmission capacity were what attracted the company. to the area.

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