Lusby, MD – Dominion Energy Cove Point LNG (liquefied natural gas) has received Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authorization to enter commercial service. Cove Point has completed its commissioning process and has begun a planned “screen outage” to prepare for commercial in-service. The primary work remaining is to clean or remove screens that were in place to protect equipment from any construction-related particles or material that may have remained inside piping after fabrication was complete.

Shell NA LNG is providing the natural gas needed for liquefaction during the commissioning process and is off-taking by ship the LNG that is produced. The Shell-owned transport ship Gemmata carried the first export cargo last week.

When commercial service has begun, Cove Point will produce LNG for ST Cove Point, which is the joint venture of Sumitomo Corporation and Tokyo Gas, and for Gail Global (USA) LNG, the U.S. affiliate of GAIL (India) LTD under 20-year contracts. DECP’s liquefaction facility is designed to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and has a nameplate capacity of 5.25 mtpa (Metric tonnes per annum) LNG, equivalent to approximately 8.3 million gallons of LNG per day.

Construction of the liquefaction facility began in October 2014, following more than three years of federal, state and local permit reviews and approvals. With a cost of approximately $4 billion, it is the largest construction project ever for Maryland and for Dominion Energy. Construction has involved more than 10,000 craft workers and a payroll of more than $565 million.