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Dominion is ready to start flowing Marcellus/Utica Shale gas to Cove Point LNG and begin testing the facility, which is scheduled to go online later this year.
Fantastic news to report! Dominion has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for permission to begin flowing feed gas (for testing purposes) to parts of the Cove Point LNG export facility. We are now getting close to startup at the facility, which is supposed to go online in the fourth quarter of this year.
Cove Point sits along the coast of Maryland. Dominion began work on the $3.5 billion plant in 2015. When complete, the plant will liquefy and export 1.8 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of Marcellus/Utica Shale gas to India and Japan.
Currently there is only one export facility in the U.S. in operation, along the coast of Louisiana (Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass). That one facility has fundamentally changed the economics of LNG (liquefied natural gas) here at home and around the world. Just imagine what another 1.8 Bcf/d will do! And it’s ALL from our region.
Here’s more about the good news Cove Point is ready to begin testing:
Dominion Energy on Monday filed a request to introduce feed gas to parts of its Cove Point LNG export facility in order to commission the liquefied natural gas loading equipment.
According to the company’s filing, it plans to introduce feed gas and perform related commissioning activities for the pre-treatment and liquefaction areas and for equipment related to ship loading, including the liquefied natural gas loading pumps and the return-gas blowers.
These activities will support production of LNG in the fourth quarter of 2017, Dominion Energy said.
Earlier this month, Dominion noted its Cove Point LNG export facility near Lusby, Maryland is 95 percent complete.
Once it is completed, the liquefaction facility being built at its existing LNG terminal will have the capacity to produce 5.25 million metric tons of liquefied natural gas per year.
The production capacity has been fully subscribed with Pacific Summit Energy, a U.S. unit of Sumitomo Corporation, as well as with GAIL Global (USA) LNG, a U.S. unit of India’s utility GAIL, under 20-year terminal service agreements.
Click to view Dominion’s letter to FERC asking for permission to flow feed gas: