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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VIDEO: ODEC Breaks Ground on Wildcat Point

ODEC has broken ground on the Wildcat Point Generation Facility project, an important milestone bringing ODEC members one step closer to a new source of cleaner, reliable electricity.

More than 100 friends and partners gathered in Rock Springs to launch construction on this important power generation project. The construction phase is slated to create approximately 600 temporary construction jobs.  Wildcat Point is expected to be operational by 2017.

The ODEC team is very grateful to our business and community partners for helping us reach this milestone.

ODEC to Break Ground on Wildcat Point in October

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Wildcat Point facility in October. Details on the event are below.  The ODEC team is grateful to all its partners in Cecil County and Maryland who have helped make this project possible!

Wildcat Point Groundbreaking

ODEC Selects White Oak Power Constructors as EPC Contractor

ODEC-vert_lockup2-SM_3C(Glen Allen, VA) – Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) has awarded the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract to build its Wildcat Point Generation Facility, a state-of-the-art, combined-cycle natural gas power plant in Cecil County, Maryland, to White Oak Power Constructors.

White Oak Power Constructors, named for the state tree of Maryland, is a joint venture between PCL Industrial Construction Co., of Houston, Texas and the engineering firm of Sargent & Lundy LLC, of Chicago, Illinois. Both companies have more than 100 years of global experience in providing high quality engineering and construction services to the power industry.

“White Oak has demonstrated extensive knowledge and experience within the power industry and we are confident that their team will bring significant added value to our project. We look forward to working with White Oak as we bring Wildcat Point to life,” said Rick Beam, Senior Vice President of Power Supply for ODEC.

The $675 million Wildcat Point facility will boost the regional economy, improve reliability on the region’s electric grid, and help ODEC deliver cleaner, cost-effective power to its 1.2 million members in Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware.  Wildcat Point is expected to generate 1,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power roughly 390,000 homes annually.

ODEC solicited bids from several major EPC contractors with suitable capability and experience in designing and building large combined cycle power plants.  The bids were evaluated based on their proposed costs, design features, estimated plant performance, and approach to on-site construction work.  White Oak’s proposal was selected as offering the best value to ODEC and its member-owners after considering all of those combined factors.

“White Oak Power Constructors was chosen from a field of very good EPC contractors to build our project,” said Beam.  “We are looking forward to building a state-of-the-art power generation plant that proves to be cost effective and energy efficient for our member-owners while increasing local and regional reliability.”

Construction is expected to begin in late 2014 and will create a peak construction workforce of approximately 600 jobs. Once operational in mid-2017, Wildcat Point will support up to 30 permanent jobs.  A report authored by Chmura Economics & Analytics estimates that Wildcat Point will create a $1.2 billion total economic impact for Maryland and south central Pennsylvania over 30 years.  In addition, an agreement between ODEC and Cecil County guarantees $124.2 million in tax revenue for the county.

Wildcat Point will be built on existing property at the ODEC constructed Rock Springs Generation Facility, in Cecil County, Maryland, which became operational in 2003.

White Oak Contacts:

Dawn Alexander                                                                 Patricia P. Anderson

281-249-8013                                                                         (312) 269-3513

dmalexander@pcl.com                                                       panderson@sargentlundy.com

ODEC Completes Major Equipment Purchase

ODEC has finalized a purchase agreement for additional equipment for its Wildcat Point Project. Alstom Power, Inc. will provide two Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSG) and one steam turbine and generator and associated equipment for the Project. The HRSG’s will accept the exhaust heat from the gas turbines and use it to boil water to make steam to power the steam turbine and generator; hence, the “combined cycle” of the Project – gas turbines combined with a steam turbine. Preliminary work has been authorized on this equipment and delivery is planned for the Spring of 2015.

Wildcat Point hearing on January 22nd

The Maryland Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing on ODEC’s proposed Wildcat Point facility Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 in Cecil County.  The public is invited to attend.  Full details are below:

WHO:              Maryland Public Service Commission, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative and General Public

 

WHAT:            Public Hearing on ODEC’s proposed Wildcat Point facility

 

WHEN:            Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 at 7 PM

 

WHERE:         Conowingo Elementary School, 471 Rowlandsville Road, Conowingo, MD 21918

Cecil Whig: ODEC hosts open house on Wildcat Point plant

ODEC's Rick Beam and Cecil County's Lisa Webb at ODEC's Community Open House for Wildcat Point. (Image Credit: Jacob Owings, Cecil Whig)

ODEC’s Rick Beam and Cecil County’s Lisa Webb at ODEC’s Community Open House for Wildcat Point. (Image Credit: Jacob Owings, Cecil Whig)

Posted: Monday, November 25, 2013 4:00 am

By Jacob Owens jowens@cecilwhig.com

CONOWINGO — More than 30 people came out to Conowingo Elementary School on Wednesday to find out more information about the Wildcat Point Generation Facility and ask questions of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative officials.

Officials said the project includes the construction of a nearly seven-mile water pipeline from the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania to the Conowingo site as well as installation of two new Mitsubishi-made, natural gas-powered turbines, cooling towers, associated electric generators and a heat recycling center, officials said. At peak output in the summer, the Wildcat Point plant will be able to produce 1,000 megawatts of power.

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ODEC donation to Cecil College will aid local children and families

ODEC's Brent Converse, fourth from left, presents check to Cecil College Foundation staff, including, (l to r), Mary Moore, Frank Mita, Stacy Igo, and Rebecca Harten.

ODEC’s Brent Converse, fourth from left, presents check to Cecil College Foundation staff, including, (l to r), Mary Moore, Frank Mita, Stacy Igo, and Rebecca Harten.

Continuing a long tradition of philanthropy in Cecil County, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative has donated $2,000 to Cecil College to improve educational services to local children and families.

As noted in Cecil College’s press release, $1,300 of the gift will enable the purchase of two smart tablets to aid educationally-delayed and non-verbal children in the community.  Teachers at the College’s Family Education Center have test piloted a program that uses smart tablets to help these children improve verbal skills and reach their targeted education level.

The remaining $700 will provide a scholarship for a student enrolled in a certificate program, such as welding, truck driver training, or one of several health care options. The College’s certificate programs are vital to helping local citizens improve their professional skills and increase their employment opportunities.

“We are honored to be long time supporters of Cecil College,” said Brent Converse, facility site manager for ODEC’s Rock Springs Generation Facility in Rising Sun, Md. “Being a local employer, we think the education of our community is very important to providing growth for the county as well as prospective employees for all of the business owners in the area.”

ODEC has supported a variety of philanthropic organizations in Cecil County over the last ten years, including the Water Witch Fire Company, Cecil County Special Olympics, Cecil County Arts Council, and Perryville Middle School.

 

Cecil Whig: Study: New power plant will create $35M annual impact

ODEC VP Rick McWhorter gives reporters a tour of the future site of Wildcat Point. (Image Credit: Cheryl Mattix at The Cecil Whig)

ODEC VP Rick McWhorter gives reporters a tour of the future site of Wildcat Point. (Image Credit: Cheryl Mattix at The Cecil Whig)

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative is moving ahead next week with its plans to construct a $675 million electrical generation facility called Wildcat Point next to existing turbines, which began operation a decade ago in June, on a 119-acre site off Route 222 near the Pennsylvania line.

“Permits should take about one year to obtain,” said Rick McWhorter, vice president operations and asset management for ODEC, Thursday during a tour of the plant. “We hope to begin construction by the end of 2014 or the beginning of 2015, and open by mid-2017.”

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