During the next several weeks, the Warren County Power Station (located in the Kelley Industrial Park) will be reaching a number of construction milestones. The station has been under construction since 2012 and is now more than 90 percent complete. At this stage of the project, we will be testing major equipment and begin production of electricity.
I wanted to let you know about this next phase of activity because it is possible that you will hear an increase in background noise levels and see some clouds of steam coming from the project site as we clean and test the equipment. The noise and steam clouds are part of the normal “commissioning” of a power station. I apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause, and assure you that this will not be the norm once the station goes into normal operation later this year.
The steam you may see is made from demineralized water (essentially city water that has had all the chemicals removed from it). The increased noise levels may range from a hissing sound to a low rumble. We will make every effort to mitigate noise that will be produced during these activities and we do not anticipate that this sound will disturb you.
Currently, we expected this phase of the commissioning process to begin late July and be completed in September. During this phase, the gas and steam turbines will be connected to Dominion’s electric transmission system and begin to produce electricity.
Dominion strives to be a good neighbor, and we appreciate the patience and cooperation that the communities have demonstrated during this project. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at the number listed below.
Director, Generation Construction