Proposed Power Plant Would Use Atlantic Coast Pipeline

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A company wants to build a natural gas plant on the Elizabeth River that could utilize a controversial pipeline project.

The Virginian-Pilot reported ( Wednesday that the facility would be built in Chesapeake by the New York-based Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation.

The plant would add about 1,400 megawatts to the state’s electricity supply. The application for the plants says it will be fueled by Dominion’s planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline, although no contract has been drawn up between the two companies.

The natural gas pipeline will run from West Virginia to North Carolina with a branch that leads through Chesapeake. Some landowners and environmentalists have opposed the project. But others believe it will be an economic boon.

Chesapeake’s mayor said as long as environmental concerns are addressed, the proposed plant has the potential to create jobs and revenue.

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