Dominion has named two officers to its Cove Point LNG Terminal team as it awaits necessary federal and state permits to begin construction of a facility to liquefy natural gas for export.
Michael D. Frederick, who previously was director-LNG Operations at Cove Point, is returning to the Calvert County facility as vice president-LNG Operations. Robert B. McKinley, vice president-Generation Construction for Dominion Generation, is becoming vice president-Cove Point Construction.
“Mike and Bob are leading a team that is in place to add export capability to our terminal safely and with a commitment to excellence,” said Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “They have started working with the community and communicating with their neighbors on the $3.8 billion project, which will boost the Southern Maryland economy and result in $40 million in additional annual tax revenue for Calvert County. Dominion’s investment will ensure a vibrant quality of life for many, many years.”
Since announcing in September 2011 its plans to add an export facility at Cove Point, Dominion has received permission from the U.S. Department of Energy to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries with and without Free Trade Agreements with the United States. Other federal, state and local permits and approvals are needed before construction can begin. The new facility would be built entirely within the existing 130-acre fenced area of the property and will not disturb the surrounding 800-acre nature preserve. The export operation will utilize existing pipes, storage tanks and the offshore pier. IHI/Kiewit is the lead contractor for the export project.
Frederick joined the company in 1982 and has held various positions in engineering and operations in Gas Transmission. When Dominion purchased Cove Point in 2002, he led the transition team and later was named director-LNG Operations. In September 2011, Frederick was named director–Electric Distribution Planning, Reliability, and GIS Services at Dominion’s electric utility subsidiary in Virginia. Frederick earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He is past president of the Anne Marie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center in Calvert County in southern Maryland.
McKinley joined Dominion in 1981 and has held numerous positions in Dominion Generation, including senior engineer and power station director. He was named vice president-Generation Construction in October 2007 and has overseen the construction of the company’s four newest power stations. McKinley is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is a graduate of Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.