Cove Point Project Details

Operational Overview

liquefied natural gas

While the gas liquefied at Cove Point may be sourced from a wide variety of areas, Cove Point – located on the Chesapeake Bay in Lusby, MD – will be a premier facility in terms of direct access to the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, two of the most prolific natural gas basins in North America. The facility is designed to process an average of 750 million standard cubic feet per day of inlet feed gas.

Natural gas-fired turbines at the facility will drive the main refrigerant compressors. The facility also can generate additional power on site to meet the power demands of the liquefaction plant. The liquefaction facilities will connect with the existing facility and share common facilities such as the LNG tanks, pumps, piping and pier in order to support both functions—importing and exporting LNG. Additional compression was installed on the Dominion Energy Cove Point pipeline to deliver the inlet gas to the Terminal.

Marketed Capacity Fully Subscribed with Signed Service Agreements

Dominion Energy has fully subscribed the marketed capacity of the project with signed 20-year terminal service agreements. Pacific Summit Energy, LLC, a U.S. affiliate of Japanese trading company Sumitomo Corporation, and GAIL Global (USA) LNG LLC, a U.S. affiliate of GAIL (India) Ltd., have each contracted for half of the marketed capacity.

Contract Awarded for Engineering, Procurement and Construction

Dominion Energy has awarded its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for new liquefaction facilities to IHI/Kiewit Cove Point, a joint venture between IHI E&C International Corporation of Houston and Kiewit Corporation of Omaha, Neb., following completion of the front-end engineering and design (FEED) work.

Proposed Project Facilities

Dominion Energy plans to construct, install, own, operate and maintain certain facilities located in:

Calvert County, MD

Add Liquefaction facilities at the existing Dominion Energy Cove Point LNG Terminal

Fairfax County, VA

Add horsepower at existing Pleasant Valley Compressor Station

Loudoun County, VA

Minor upgrades and additional meter runs and/or pipe, fittings and valves

about the environment


Dominion Energy will provide this new service to liquefy the natural gas for its customers. We do not actually own or directly export the LNG. Customers will be responsible for supplying the natural gas to the terminal and then off-taking the LNG that is produced.

safety planning

Safety Planning

Read Dominion Energy and Calvert County Emergency Management Office's emergency response plans in the event of an incident at the Cove Point liquid natural gas facility. These plans, which include evacuation procedures, were developed in the event of an on-site, off-site or off-shore accident.

Working With Us

Dominion Energy is committed to working with landowners and other stakeholders to understand and address interests and concerns about the project. The company developed a Stakeholder Involvement & Public Outreach Plan (pdf). The company’s goal is to develop a project that provides benefits to natural gas customers and the community. We will work with all governing bodies and the local community to ensure they are aware of our project and updated as it progresses. It is our policy to work via the agencies responsible to ensure that our facility is developed and operated to meet or exceed all safety, environmental, regulatory and legal requirements.

Stakeholders affected by a proposed natural gas project regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) have certain rights and Dominion Energy works whenever possible to facilitate this process. These rights include:

  • Accessing and inspecting all public documents associated with the proposed project; 
  • Making your concerns known in writing to the Commission and its staff; 
  • Participating in informational meetings held in the vicinity of the proposed project area; 
  • Participating in site visits in the vicinity of the proposed project area; 
  • Filing comments on the Environmental Assessments or draft Environmental Impact Statements; 
  • Becoming an intervener or party on a specific proposed project; and 
  • Having the Commission’s decision reviewed in federal court (you must be an intervener to do this).

To learn more, see "Citizens Guides" at or call 866-208-3372.