Dominion completes Cove Point LNG terminal expansion, proposes another

By OGJ editors

HOUSTON, Dec. 9 -- Dominion, Richmond, Va., has completed the recommissioning and expansion of the Dominion Cove Point LNG import terminal in Maryland that it began in 2003 and has proposed another expansion.

The company placed into service, 3 months ahead of schedule, a new, 135,000 cu m capacity LNG storage tank at the terminal, bringing the total number of tanks at the site to five. The new tank holds the equivalent of 2.8 bcf of natural gas, increasing on-site storage to the equivalent of 7.8 bcf of gas.

Dominion's proposal for an additional expansion, scheduled to be in service in 2008, would increase output capacity to 1.8 bcfd from 1 bcfd and storage capacity to 14.6 bcf (OGJ Online, June 14, 2004). Facilities would include two additional storage tanks, additional vaporization and electrical equipment, and pipelines. The terminal will flow the additional gas through 47 miles of looped pipeline in Maryland and 88 miles of pipeline to be laid in Pennsylvania along with two compressor stations at Leidy, Pa.

Construction on the 3-year project will begin as soon as regulatory approvals are received, said Dominion spokesman Dan Donovan.

Dominion purchased the Cove Point terminal from Williams Cos. in 2002 and restarted operations in mid-2003, delivering 187 bcf of natural gas in its first year of renewed service.

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