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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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.

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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.

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ODEC Wins Final Approval for Wildcat Point Generation Facility

Glen Allen, Va. (April 8, 2014) – The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved Wildcat Point Generation Facility (Wildcat Point), a state-of-the-art, combined-cycle natural gas generation facility proposed by Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) to be located adjacent to its existing generating facility in Conowingo, Maryland.

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.  By issuing a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, or CPCN, the PSC provided ODEC the final permitting required to begin construction. A copy of the PSC’s order can be viewed by at the bottom of this page.

“The PSC’s decision is an important win for our members and for the region’s energy future,” said Jackson Reasor, president and CEO of ODEC.  “As demand for electricity has grown in ODEC-served areas, constructing a state-of-the-art, environmentally-friendly power generation facility became a critical priority.  Wildcat Point will enable us to provide our members cost-effective, locally produced power while reducing reliance on costlier electricity bought on the market.  I would like to thank the citizens of Cecil County and their elected representatives for their early and steadfast support for this important economic development project.”

The PSC’s decision follows a rigorous, 11-month review of ODEC’s proposal by local, state, regional, and federal agencies.  To receive the CPCN, Wildcat Point was required to meet stringent environmental, traffic, and historic preservation regulations.  Both ODEC and the PSC hosted public hearings during the review process.  No one spoke formally in opposition to the project at either hearing.

Construction is expected to begin in late 2014 or early 2015 and will create a peak construction workforce of approximately 600 jobs. Once operational in 2017, Wildcat Point will support 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 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 in Conowingo, Cecil County on existing property at the ODEC constructed Rock Springs Generation Facility, which became operational in 2003.

PSC Final Order for Wildcat Point by ODECCecil

 

ODEC Takes Another Step in Wildcat Point Project

As scheduled, on January 31, 2014 ODEC received bids from the selected Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractors. The EPC contractor will be the “General Contractor” for the Wildcat Point Project. It will be his responsibility to engineer and design the power station around and using the major equipment (gas turbines, steam turbine, associated generators, boilers and transformers) that ODEC has already purchased. The EPC contractor will also be responsible for procuring all of the remaining equipment and structures to make the plant fully functional, along with constructing the facility and assisting with the initial start-up. This is a major portion and a crucial part of the Project that will require careful review and analysis prior to awarding a contract. It is anticipated that award can be made by summer of 2014. Pending timely receipt of permits, construction is anticipated to begin late 2014 or early 2015.

Commentary: ODEC looks to create jobs, power in Cecil County

The following was first published in The Cecil Whig Friday, January 31, 2014

By Rick Beam

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative

Over the past year Cecil County residents have asked many good questions about Wildcat Point, the state-of-the-art electric generation facility our cooperative, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, plans to build in Conowingo.

I’d like to answer those questions in this public format so that county residents have the best information possible about this important economic development project in their community. Let’s start with the basics:

What is Wildcat Point?

Wildcat Point is a natural gas-fired electric generation facility that Old Dominion Electric Cooperative proposes to build in Conowingo. It would be located adjacent to the Rock Springs Generation Facility that ODEC constructed along Route 222 in 2003. At its peak output, Wildcat Point would generate approximately 1,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 390,000 homes.

Why is it necessary?

There are two trends in the energy market that make Wildcat Point a necessity. First, energy consumption is rising in areas served by ODEC. Second, our region will lose an estimated 16,000 megawatts of power over the next eight years as older power plants approach retirement. To help “keep the lights on” for our members and to improve reliability on the region’s electric grid, we need to build new power generation facilities.

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