Dominion, CNG Plan Up to 2,400 MW of New Power
Even before their merger is consummated, Dominion Resources and
Consolidated Natural Gas are making plans to begin development of
four gas-fired electric power generation facilities along CNG
Transmission in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The
facilities represent up to $800 million in local investment. All
four plants are expected to be in service in time for peak summer
demand in 2002.
The four proposed projects include a 600 MW facility in Wood
County, OH, a 300-600 MW facility in Armstrong County, PA, a 600
MW facility in Muskingum County, OH, and a 300-600 MW plant in
Pleasants County, WV.
Dominion and CNG affiliates will construct, operate and maintain
the facilities on a 50-50 basis. The two companies are considering
additional sites for development along CNG's natural gas pipeline
network in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia and West
Virginia. In April, they said they identified 45 potential sites
and started negotiations with major turbine manufacturers for
pricing and delivery of 10 turbines over the next two to three
The Wood County, OH, plant is to be built at the Lemoyne
Industrial Park about two miles northeast of Luckey, OH. The
companies plan to identify a site for the Muskingum County, OH,
plant by July. The gas-fired generating plant in Armstrong County,
PA, will be located on an industrial site owned by CNG near its
South Bend Compressor Station in Elderton.
In February, Virginia Power parent Dominion Resources, based in
Richmond, VA, and CNG, based in Pittsburgh, PA, signed a definitive
merger agreement. Dominion fought off a competing bid by Columbia
Energy earlier this month by upgrading its own offer to $6.4
billion. The merger of CNG and Dominion is expected to be completed
by the end of this year.
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