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Dominion receives certificate for steam turbine generators

LNG Industry,

Dominion has received a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) from the Maryland Public Service Commission, related to the company's plan to add export capability at its Cove Point LNG facility.

The certificate was needed for two 65 mW steam turbine generators that produce electricity. The waste heat from two combustion turbines, which are used to drive compressors to produce LNG, will be recycled to produce steam to drive the steam turbines.

Diane Leopold, president-Dominion Energy, said: "We wish to thank the Commission members, PSC staff, Power Plant Research Project staff and others for their diligent work. We are now reviewing the order, and look forward to working with the commission to meet the conditions so the project can continue to move forward in a timely manner."

FERC approval

The PSC approval arrived just 15 days after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued its environmental assessment that found the natural gas export project proposed for Cove Point can be built and operated safely with no significant impact to the environment.

"The Cove Point LNG facility has been in existence for nearly 40 years and this export project makes the most of existing facilities. The air emissions from Cove Point will comply with stringent health-based federal and state limits and requirements, while the LNG will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in two countries that are striving to clean their air while continuing to grow their economies," Leopold said.


Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe

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