Dominion Cove Point, LNG, LP

Van Ness Feldman represented Dominion Cove Point in its successful application to upgrade and expand its existing LNG import terminal pier and outfit its facilities to enable the next generation of larger capacity LNG vessels coming into service worldwide to safely access and deliver LNG to the terminal. This project involved working closely with environmental groups on a creative proposal for beneficial use of dredge material to protect a Maryland Natural Heritage Area that had been previously damaged by a storm. The firm also advised on the following complex aspects of the project:

Rate and Tariff Matters. The firm led the effort to resolve difficult operational issues associated with low U.S. LNG imports, and although the solutions implicated customer rates, the firm rapidly secured a series of FERC orders approving settlements that resulted in deliveries of operational cargos of LNG to the terminal in an unfavorable market, and the adoption of tariff mechanisms that allow the facility to remain in its necessary cryogenic state. The firm also represented Cove Point in the successful settlement of its last two rate cases.

Cove Point Reactivation Project. The firm represented Cove Point in connection with its successful reactivation of the LNG import terminal facilities in Lusby, Maryland after they had been mothballed for more than 20 years.

Cove Point Expansion Project. The firm represented Dominion Cove Point in its successful application to nearly double the size of its existing LNG import terminal, and in connection with development of multi-user terminal use tariff.

Cove Point Pier Modification Project. The firm represented Dominion Cove Point in its successful application to upgrade and expand its existing LNG import terminal pier facilities to enable the next generation of larger capacity LNG vessels coming into service worldwide to safely access and deliver LNG to the terminal. This project involved working closely with environmental groups on a creative proposal for beneficial use of dredge material to protect a Maryland Natural Heritage Area that had been previously damaged by a storm.

Cove Point Gas Quality. Firm professionals represented Dominion Cove Point in gas quality collaborative meetings and proceedings before FERC, and directly participated in gas quality related appeals of the Cove Point 2005 Expansion order to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.