Mountain Valley Applies for NC Pipeline Permit
Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC filed an application Tuesday (Nov. 6) with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a 73-mile pipeline that will act as an extension of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, extending from Virginia to North Carolina.
Known as MVP Southgate, the new Mountain Valley pipeline project would provide gas to PSNC Energy, a local distribution company. The new infrastructure would allow for the expansion of a system that serves more than 563,000 customers in North Carolina according to The Roanoke Times.
Mountain Valley Pipeline History
The Mountain Valley Pipeline would run from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia, cutting through Jefferson National Forest. The pipeline would be owned and built by Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC, which is a joint venture between EQT Midstream Partners LP, NextEra US Gas Assets LLC, Con Edison Transmission Inc., WGL Midstream and RGC Midstream LLC. EQT Midstream Partners is to operate the pipeline.
Using gas from Marcellus and Utica shale production, the pipeline will deliver 2 billion cubic feet of gas per day. In early October, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently suspended a permit that would allow the pipeline to cross more than 500 streams and wetlands in southwest Virginia.
The filing of the MVP Southgate permit follows the proposal announcement made in April.
MVP Southgate will receive gas from the Mountain Valley mainline in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, which will then leg down to Rockingham and Alamance Counties, North Carolina. The first 31 miles of the pipeline would be 24 inches in diameter, while the remaining length would be 16 inches in diameter.
The pipeline will be regulated under the Natural Gas Act, which requires a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the FERC before construction is allowed to begin. The current proposal requires 50 feet of permanent easement with up to 100 feet of temporary easement potentially needed during construction.
Two compression stations will also be required, the first of which is slated to be located in Pittsylvania County, located on property owned by Mountain Valley. The second would be located near Eden, North Carolina.
According to a press release from Mountain Valley, the new MVP Southgate project promises to bring both jobs and spending to the area: 570 jobs in Virginia and 1,130 jobs in North Carolina would be created during construction; and the company would also be spending $68 million in Virginia and $113 million in North Carolina on labor, equipment and other necessities.
"We appreciate the many landowners, elected leaders, officials at every level of government, and other stakeholders who provided important feedback that helped us design the proposed route,” said Diana Charletta, chief operating officer of EQM Midstream Partners, LP, operator of the proposed pipeline.
“We are committed to building and operating a state-of-the-art pipeline that serves public demand for clean-burning, affordable, domestic natural gas.”
Mountain Valley hopes to complete construction on the new project in 2020.