IHI/Kiewit Cove Point, A Joint Venture


Dominion is constructing liquefaction facilities for exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG), at its existing Dominion Cove Point LNG Terminal located on the Chesapeake Bay in Lusby, MD. The liquefaction facilities, combined with existing facilities, will provide a bi-directional service of import and export of LNG. Dominion started construction on the 5.25-MTPA (million tons per annum) facility in 2014 and plans to have it in operation by 2017.

In 2014, INNOVA was awarded the design and supply of building steel and design, supply, and install of acoustic wall and roof panels for the 9 buildings by Agate, Inc., who was the turnkey building contractor for IHI/Kiewit.

In 2015, INNOVA acquired the balance of the contract and associated staff from Agate, Inc. The project staff included project managers, project engineers, construction managers, quality control managers, and administrative staff for a total of 11 individuals.

The project is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in late 2016.


Design, supply, and install of 9 buildings ranging in size from a 50 ft x 50 ft, fuel gas compressor building to two 290 ft x 104 ft Class I, Division II rated gas turbine buildings. The scope of work includes structural steel, wall and roof panels with STC 48 rating, HVAC systems, electrical systems, overhead cranes, and interior finishes. 


The laydown area is located several miles from the site. All equipment deliveries must be coordinated well in advance and unloaded directly to the work area.

Access to the buildings was very limited. In some areas, there is only 2 to 3 ft between the building and nearby equipment.

Due to the strict noise limits for the facility, the wall and roof assemblies needed to meet STC 48. INNOVA was able to supply a single pre-manufactured panel instead of a built up system, which would have been significantly more expensive to install.