Cecil Leadership Institute Visits Wildcat Point

(This article originally appeared in The Cecil Whig)

By Brad Kroner

CONOWINGO — In week nine of the Cecil Leadership Institute, students visited the Wildcat Point Generation Facility, a new power plant being constructed by Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC), as well as Sandy Cove Ministries, a riverside Christian retreat center south of North East with a long history in Cecil County.

Starting the day at Wildcat Point, students learned about the lengthy process of constructing a power plant. In the works since 2012, ODEC underwent an extensive permitting process before even breaking ground on the project, which is aimed at addressing the need to power more homes in the area as Cecil County grows.

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In the news: Wildcat Point on schedule for early summer completion

Originally published in The Cecil Whig:

By Brad Kroner

January 17, 2017

ELKTON — Officials from the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) told the Cecil County Council on Tuesday that the $800 million Wildcat Point turbine expansion project is on pace to conclude in June.

Located approximately five miles from Rising Sun and 19 miles from Elkton, Wildcat Point is projected to produce around 1,000 megawatts, powering approximately 390,000 homes in the region annually.

Located adjacent to Rock Springs Generation Facility, which has provided power to Cecil County since 2003, Wildcat Point will feature a pair of gas turbines that will offer “greatly improved efficiency over existing units,” according to ODEC’s presentation.

ODEC was selected in 2012 to provide additional power to support the region’s future needs. The facility’s expansion created hundreds of temporary construction jobs and 30 permanent jobs.

Named for a well-known cliff three miles away on the Susquehanna River, Wildcat Point will be among Maryland’s cleanest natural gas facilities.

Richard McWhorter, ODEC’s vice president of operations, said that they employ around 1,000 construction workers over two shifts, a higher number than anticipated.

During its construction phase, Wildcat Point had an annual economic impact of $110 million. Going forward, the facility is projected to have an economic impact of approximately $35 million a year.

Engineering and procurement for the facility is complete. All major equipment has been delivered and erected, and the electrical connection expansion has been finished. The facility’s water supply, which comes through a five-mile pipeline in Pennsylvania, and its gas supply, which comes through a 10-mile pipeline in Maryland and Pennsylvania, are also complete.

Construction is nearing completion. Unfinished buildings include the administration building and the generator buildings. Workers are also nearing completion of the facility’s electrical and piping instruments.

As the facility nears completion, ODEC will conduct testing for around 90 to 120 days, according to McWhorter, who said that large amounts of steam may be released from the site during tests.

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Update on Wildcat Point Generation Facility

Glen Allen, VA –  At approximately 1:45 p.m. today a transformer at the Wildcat Point Generation Facility construction site in Cecil County, MD, caught fire.  The transformer contains about 20,000 gallons of mineral oil.

Local fire departments responded to the scene immediately.  All construction workers and Wildcat Point staff are accounted for and there are no injuries.  The fire is contained and is being allowed to burn itself out.  It is non-toxic and does not present any environmental hazard.

There is no other damage to the facility and construction on the project is not expected to be delayed.

For updates please contact John Brown with PCL Industrial Construction Co. at (404) 989-0583.

 

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Cecil Whig: Plumpton Zoo gets support from ODEC

Originally published in The Cecil Whig

Cecil Whig Photo by Jane Bellmyer

ODEC’s Brian Heinbaugh presents a gift to Plumpton Zoo leaders. Cecil Whig Photo by Jane Bellmyer

RISING SUN — A pair of corporate donations were made recently to Plumpton Park Zoo to help keep Jimmie the giraffe comfortable and improve the public experience at the nonprofit facility on Telegraph Road.

“This is our first giraffe barn,” said Allison DeVere, general manager of Foam Insealators. “We’ve done other barns but this is a first.”

DeVere watched as a crew of 10 from the Baltimore-based business sprayed 5 1/2 inches of open cell foam between 2-by-8-inch boards, forming an airtight seal for the Giraffe Education Center.

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Rising Sun Herald: ODEC Donates to Conowingo Community Center

Conowingo community center will honor Allreds

2/19/2016

by Lisa Tome

Contributing editor
The Conowingo Lions Club is $50,000 closer to making Floyd Allred’s dream come to fruition.
Allred, a local farmer, Lions Club, and Janes United Methodist Church member, died February 19, 2014. It had long been a goal for Allred to establish a community center in Conowingo.

ODEC's Brian Heinbaugh presents a gift to assist with renovating the Conowingo community center. (Image credit: Rising Sun Herald)

ODEC’s Brian Heinbaugh presents a gift to assist with renovating Conowingo’s community center. (Image credit: Rising Sun Herald)

Recently, the Conowingo Lions got a $50,000 donation from Brian Heinbaugh, plant general manager for Wildcat Point, and staffer Denise Piemontese, for the purpose of establishing a community center.
Conowingo Lions president Madeline Brown and Lion Jeff Coale said the community center building, which was formerly a private home, is being leased by the Lions from West Cecil Health Center. The home is at 79 Rock Springs Road and is on medical center property.
Coale said the one of the goals for the community center is to have it serve as a senior center. It will also be used by scout groups, and in the future, possibly a Boys and Girls Club. He said that from Conowingo, it takes 45 minutes for seniors to get to the Elkton Senior Center. He said the community has a real need for a place to meet.
The $50,000 from Wildcat Point is the first of three payments.
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Cecil Whig: Wildcat Point scheduled to open in 2017

Wildcat Point Generation Facility (Image Credit: Cecil Whig File Photo)

Wildcat Point Generation Facility (Image Credit: Cecil Whig File Photo)

The article below originally appeared in The Cecil Whig. 

By Cheryl Mattix

ELKTON — A top official for Old Dominion Electric Cooperative recently told Cecil County Council that construction of the $800 million Wildcat Point turbine expansion project is on schedule and should be open in June 2017.

“This expansion costs more in capital investment than Rock Springs, but it is adding more energy efficient turbines that will be able to produce 940 megawatts of electrical power,” Old Dominion Vice President Rick McWhorter said Tuesday.

The expansion is taking place at the company’s Rock Springs electrical generation facility in Conowingo. One of the differences between the two adjacent facilities is that the turbines at Old Dominion are not enclosed, but the new turbines at Wildcat Point will be.

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Our commitment to environmental compliance

Our Wildcat Point team is deeply committed to complying with all local, state and federal environmental regulations.  We invite you to read the fact sheet below to learn about our comprehensive plan to monitor and contain naturally occurring asbestos at the Wildcat Point construction site.

Fact Sheet – NOA Compliance

Traffic advisory for July 27 to July 29

Equipment transport route from Monday July 27 to Wednesday July 29

Equipment transport route from Monday July 27 to Wednesday July 29

Traffic flow may be impacted in portions of Cecil County, Md., and Lancaster County, Pa., from Monday, July 27 to Wednesday, July 29 as trucks move heavy equipment destined for the Wildcat Point construction site.

The Maryland State Highway Administration encourages commuters to consider alternate routes.

The transport will begin Monday at Tome’s Landing Marina in Port Deposit along Route 276 to the former U.S. Naval Training Center at Bainbridge, where it will remain overnight.

On Tuesday, the transport will proceed on Route 276 to U.S. Route 1 and north to the Pennsylvania line.

After entering Pennsylvania, the transport will circle back to the Wildcat Point facility on Route 222 in Conowingo via Nottingham and Little Britain roads on Wednesday.

Traffic delays are expected from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. along those stretches of road.

Please contact Bill Weaver with questions at wgweaver@pcl.com.

A commitment to our community

A commitment to our community by ODECCecil

Pipeline Serving Wildcat Point Gains Federal Approval

ODEC-vert_lockup2-SM_3CThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week issued final approval for a key pipeline that will deliver natural gas to Wildcat Point. Known as the Rock Springs Expansion Project, the 11 mile pipeline will run through southern Lancaster County, Pa., before connecting to Wildcat Point just south of the Pennsylvania/Maryland line.

The pipeline is designed to transport 192,000 dekatherms of natural gas to Wildcat Point per day. Additional details on the project can be found by clicking here.