FERC approves continued commissioning at Cove Point

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has granted Dominion Energy approval to continue its commissioning activities at the $3.8 billion Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Maryland, Kallanish Energy reports.

The latest approval, granted last week, covers introduction and commissioning activities involving mixed refrigerants and propane refrigeration systems, LNG piping to existing LNG tanks and permanent fuel gas piping, as well as supporting systems.

FERC asked subsidiary Dominion Cove Point LNG to file weekly reports to show the commissioning is progressing and the plant on Chesapeake Bay at Lusby, Md., can be safely operated.

FERC’s latest action does not cover beginning service at the LNG liquefaction and export terminal.

Dominion had reported last month the facility was 95% completed. It is expected to be in commercial operation by Dec. 31.

It will handle up to 750 million cubic feet of natural gas per day from the Marcellus and Utica shales in the Appalachian Basin.

The Cove Point plant’s marketed capacity is fully subscribed under 20-year service agreements with Japan’s Sumitomo and India’s GAIL Ltd.