Dominion: Cove Point LNG 95% Complete, Online in 4Q17

Dominion Energy released its second quarter 2017 update and held a conference call yesterday to discuss those results. Dominion is a huge producer and transporter of energy with its fingers in a lot pies. Dominion produces 26,200 megawatts of electricity, owns 15,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipelines, and owns 6,600 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates one of the nation’s largest natural gas storage systems with 1 trillion cubic feet of storage capacity. They also are a local utility company, serving more than 6 million customers. Yeah, big company, big deal. However, our interest in Dominion is fairly narrow: They are building an LNG (liquefied natural gas) export facility along the shoreline of Maryland. The Cove Point LNG facility will export 1.8 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of Marcellus/Utica Shale gas–to India and Japan. On yesterday’s call, Dominion CEO Tom Farrell said Cove Point is “95% done” and “remains on-time and on-budget” to begin operations by the end of this year. That’s great news! The other thing we closely watch with Dominion is the $5 billion, 594-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP)–a natural gas pipeline that will stretch from West Virginia through Virginia and into North Carolina. With respect to ACP, Farrell said they’ve already purchased 84% of the materials needed for the project and that it remains “on-track to start construction later this year.” Farrell said the pipeline should be done in the “second half of 2019.” More good news! Here’s the latest from energy giant Dominion Energy…

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