In August 2006, Dominion received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to increase Dominion Cove Point LNG's daily output capacity from 1 billion cubic feet (Bcf) per day to 1.8 Bcf per day and expand its storage capacity from 7.8 Bcf to about 14.6 Bcf. One Bcf of natural gas is enough energy for about 3.4 million homes each day.
The expansion project was completed in 2009 and added two storage tanks, bringing the total number at the site to seven, and two electric generating units to the existing three units.
Dominion Cove Point also expanded its pipeline in Maryland to deliver more natural gas to interstate pipeline connections in Virginia. Dominion Transmission built a new pipeline, a pipeline extension, two pipelines parallel to existing lines and two compressor stations in Pennsylvania to move natural gas to customers throughout the Northeast.
These pipeline projects are key to delivering new gas supplies to where they are needed in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The Maryland project brings more winter supplies to the Mid-Atlantic region, and the Pennsylvania projects allows supplies to be stored in the summer and moved to the Northeast for use during the winter.
Pier Reinforcement Project
In January 2011, Dominion completed and placed into service its reinforced offshore platform at Cove Point to accommodate its customers and the recent advances in LNG ship technology. This enables the safe docking, off-loading and departure from the pier of larger-sized LNG vessels now coming into service worldwide.
Dominion is proposing to construct liquefaction facilities for exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG), at its existing Dominion Cove Point LNG Terminal located on the Chesapeake Bay in Lusby, Md. Dominion filed a request on June 1, 2012, with FERC asking to initiate the Pre-filing Process.
Dominion Cove Point received authorization on October 7, 2011, from the Department of Energy to enter into contracts to export liquefied natural gas to countries that have free trade agreements with the United States.