- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
Last week, about 200 business owners and service providers learned how they might be able to contribute to Dominion’s proposed liquefied natural gas export project during the three-year construction phase at the Cove Point site.
Dominion, the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce and the Calvert County Department of Economic Development hosted two business opportunity workshops Jan. 30 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Solomons for business owners and subcontractors who offer products or services that might be useful during construction, as well as vendors of construction products. The project still is awaiting approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and several other federal and state permitting agencies.
“It was very helpful to me because I’m a new business,” said Ellis Taylor of Huntingtown, who owns Metropolitan Site and Safety Equipment, a construction safety supplier. In addition to speaking with Dominion’s contractor, IHI/Kiewit Cove Point, Taylor said he was able to “reach out and get in touch with the industry,” since there were several construction vendors and subcontractors with whom he was able to network.
Peak construction will be in 2015 and 2016, with major construction anticipated to be completed in the first quarter of 2017, according to the presentation.
Flo Sepulveda, IHI/Kiewit Cove Point shared services director, said during the workshop that, currently, IHI/K is focusing on getting the materials “that will take longer to get” and will begin gathering the items and materials needed “to support the field effort this summer.”
Dominion anticipates road improvements, utility relocations, site survey work, temporary construction, office rental and building a temporary offsite area in Solomons to begin this spring, according to the presentation. In June 2014, construction is expected to begin at the Cove Point terminal in Lusby. It is expected to be completed in March 2017. In September 2017, Dominion expects the new liquefaction export terminal to be operating, according to the presentation.
For the construction on site and constructing the project’s two offsite areas until they’re functional, IHI/K Procurement Director Randy Marshall said during the workshop, the company has executed a project labor agreement with the trade unions in the region.
The labor agreement doesn’t include or cover supplied and delivered goods, such as lumber, tools and office supplies and some on-site services, including portable toilets and fuel supply — which is where the local businesses and providers come in, Marshall said.
He said owners and vendors who want to know what bids are available should register on the procurement website, www.1covepoint.com.
“We’ve been talking about it. We’re gonna keep talking about it because it is your best conduit to us,” he said.
Marshall said more than 130 businesses and vendors already had registered on the site as of Jan. 30.
Through the website, bids and a project timeline will be advertised so everyone will know what’s going on, Marshall said.
“We can’t encourage you enough to use this website,” he said.
Another business opportunity workshop is being scheduled for March for those who weren’t able to attend last week’s event, said Linda Vassallo, the director of the county’s department of economic development.