Natural Gas-fired Power Plant Proposed in Chesapeake, Va., by Matex Virginia Power in September 2016; Permit Application Approved by City’s Chesapeake Bay Area Review Committee in October 2016

In early September 2016, Matex Virginia Power LLC filed a rezoning application with the City of Chesapeake, Va., to allow construction of a 1400-megawatt-capacity, natural-gas-fired power plant.  The application states that Matex expects to use gas from Dominion Virginia Power’s proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  The site of the proposed plant is along the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River and less than a mile from Dominion’s closed Chesapeake Energy Center, which was coal-fired.  The proposed plant would be owned by International-Matex Tank Terminals, headquartered in New Orleans (online at; International-Matex is, in turn, owned by Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation, headquartered in New York.  Besides the City permit, the proposed project would also need approval from the State Corporation Commission and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

In October 2016, the City’s Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Review Committee approved Matex’ application to construct the plant within the buffer area along the southern branch of the Elizabeth River.

Big gas-fired power plant proposed in Chesapeake, but not by utility, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 9/13/16.
Natural gas-fueled plant: Good or bad? In Chesapeake, it all depends, Virginian-Pilot, 9/9/16.
Natural gas-fueled power plant proposed for Chesapeake site a quarter-mile from Dominion’s controversial coal-fired plant, Virginian-Pilot, 9/7/16.
Who Saw This Coming? Matex Proposes Gas-Fired Power Station in Chesapeake, Bacon’s Rebellion, 9/7/16.
Proposed natural gas-fueled plant on Elizabeth River clears first hurdle in Chesapeake, Virginian-Pilot, 10/18/16.

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