Gemma Power, Balico contract for 1,600 MW Chickahominy power plant

Gemma Power Systems and Chickahominy Power have entered into an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services contract to construct the Chickahominy Power Station, a 1,600 MW natural gas-fired power plant, in Charles City County, Virginia.

The facility is being developed by Balico, the parent company of Chickahominy Power.

The Chickahominy project features three advanced class combustion turbine power trains in single shaft configuration and includes air cooled condensers to limit water use. The project will be powered exclusively by natural gas from the Marcellus shale formation.

The site of the plant is located strategically between the rapidly growing economies of Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads – where electricity demand is expected to increase with the many data centers planned and under construction in the region.

The Chickahominy Power Station is named to honor the Chickahominy Nation, an indigenous people that has populated the lands in east central Virginia near Richmond for centuries. The project is anticipated to get underway in the first quarter of 2019 and be completed in the spring of 2022.

The project is expected to provide 800 to 1,000 skilled construction jobs and 35 permanent positions to operate the facility once it is completed. The Chickahominy Power Station will enhance the region’s power grid and provide enough electricity to power two million homes.

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