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Dominion hoping to expand gas pipeline system to fuel new power plant in Ohio

Dominion Energy Transmission Inc. applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build a gas pipeline expansion project that would provide 150,000 Dth/d of firm transportation service for a new gas-fired power plant in eastern Ohio.

The gas transmission subsidiary of Dominion Energy Inc. on Dec. 18 filed an abbreviated application with FERC to build its West Loop project, which includes facilities in Beaver and Lawrence Counties, Pa., and Carroll County, Ohio. The upgrades include 5.1 miles of 36-inch-diameter pipeline loop in Pennsylvania, compression station upgrades in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and related equipment.

Dominion estimated the West Loop project would cost about $94.2 million. The project would enable Dominion to fuel a new, approximately 1,100 MW combined cycle power plant in Columbiana County, Ohio. The plant owner fully subscribed to expansion.

Dominion Energy Transmission, which owns and operates about 7,700 miles of pipeline in six states, wants to start construction in December 2019 to meet the project customer's requested in-service date of no earlier than July 1, 2021. (FERC docket CP19-26)