Dominion Cove Point Gets Support from Union Workers

January 9, 2014

IMG_2039About 75 union workers, represented by many Locals from throughout the state of Maryland and Washington, DC,  spent time January 8, 2014 in Annapolis, meeting Maryland legislators to remind them of the importance of the Dominion Cove Point export project in Calvert County and the tremendous benefits it will have on the state regarding jobs, tax revenue growth and global environmental impact

The project will create more than 3,000 construction jobs during a three-year period. Because Dominion has signed a project labor agreement, a majority of these jobs will go to local union members. The labor benefits grow from there. It’s not just the 175 full-time, well-paying, highly skilled jobs at the station once the facility is operating. Based on a U.S. Department of Commerce formula, up to another 14,000 permanent jobs are expected to result from the project nationally in businesses ranging from pipe manufacturers to accounting firms.

IMG_2022Dominion Cove Point LNG Terminal is located on the Chesapeake Bay in Lusby. It is one of the nation’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facilities. Dominion acquired Cove Point from Williams on September 5, 2002, and began receiving ships in the summer of 2003. In 2009, Dominion finished an expansion project that increased Cove Point’s storage and production capacity by nearly 80 percent.

Dominion Cove Point will play an increasingly critical role in coming years. Natural gas is the energy of choice for many Americans, and demand is expected to grow through the next decade. Although there are vast reserves of natural gas in the United States, many are not yet available. Reserves in a number of other countries are available and for sale, but the gas has to be transported. The most efficient way to transport natural gas across the ocean is to liquefy it and transport it in specially built ships. Dominion Cove Point LNG Terminal is strategically located where it can receive transport vessels, store the LNG onshore, and then transform it back to gas when it is needed to meet demand.

IMG_2023As a significant addition, Dominion is also proposing to construct liquefaction facilities for exporting liquefied natural gas at the LNG Terminal. Applications for natural gas exports to non-Free Trade Agreement countries and Free Trade Agreement countries have been approved by the U.S. Department of Energy.

For information on Dominion’s Cove Point export project: https://www.dom.com/business/gas-transmission/cove-point/index.jsp

Margit Miller / Staff Writer / Editor

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