Dominion to Add 1,100 MW to PA Region

Dominion is on course to add 1,100 MW of natural gas-fired generation to its electric portfolio in Pennsylvania by the second quarter of 2004 to help meet growing energy demand in the region. The merchant power facility will sell competitive energy to buyers in newly opened wholesale markets.

The industrial park site, which is already under development, was purchased from SWEC LLC. of Morrisville, PA, for an undisclosed amount. The plant will occupy a 45-acre site within the 2,000-acre USX industrial park. The site is being developed about a mile south of Morrisville, PA by USX Reality Development.

"This is a very attractive fit from all points of view," said Thos. E. Capps, CEO of Dominion. "The facility fits local and state energy development objectives and also advances Dominion's energy supply objectives in the Northeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions of the U.S., home to 40% of the nation's demand for energy.

Dominion said it expects construction to begin by the third quarter of 2001, with 550 MW coming online during the fourth quarter of 2003, and the second 550 MW beginning commercial operation sometime during the the second quarter of 2004.

"Technically, the site is ideal because it features quality support infrastructure, such as gas supply and easily accessible interconnections to the PJM power pool," Capps said.

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