Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation wants to construct a natural gas power plant on the Elizabeth River that would potentially be fueled by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
The facility would be built in Chesapeake, according to the Virginian-Pilot’s report on Wednesday. It would add about 1,400 megawatts to the state’s electricity supply and has the potential to create several jobs and significant revenue for the state.
City manager Jim Baker said the project concept makes sense because infrastructure to accommodate the facility is already in place.
The natural gas pipeline that would fuel the plant, a joint venture between Dominion Resources, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, and AGL Resources, will move from West Virginia to North Carolina and have a branch that runs through Chesapeake.
The power plant is estimated to come into operation in early 2021.