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Dominion proposes natural gas plant in Brunswick

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Dominion Resources Inc. is proposing to build a $1.1 billion natural gas-fired power station in Brunswick County to replace two coal-fired plants.

Later this year, Dominion is planning to ask the Virginia State Corporation Commission for permission to build the 1,300-megawatt Brunswick County Power Station, which would generate enough electricity to power 325,000 homes. The Richmond-based energy company expects the plant to be complete by summer 2016.

If approved, the Brunswick County Power Station would be built on a 205-acre site on U.S. Route 58 east of Lawrenceville. The project would create 30 permanent jobs and 600 temporary jobs during peak construction. Annual property taxes will be between $3.5 million and $4 million.

“The Brunswick County site offers us an ideal location to generate electricity to serve Southside Virginia and Hampton Roads reliably and will help us close the gap of 4,000 megawatts in additional peak demand that our customers are expected to need within the next decade,” Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and CEO of Dominion, said in a statement.

The electricity would replace two coal-fired units Dominion plans to close. Last year, Dominion announced it would likely close the Chesapeake Energy Center and Yorktown Power Station by 2016 because it wasn’t cost effective to install the emissions control equipment required to meet new federal environmental regulations.

Dominion already has received the necessary conditional use permits from the Brunswick County Board of Supervisors to build the station and has applied to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for the air permit.

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