Equitrans LP filed on Dec. 30 with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission an abbreviated application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity on pipeline and compression facilities located in West Virginia and Ohio, called the Ohio Valley Connector Project.
Equitrans requests authorization to construct facilities that will allow it to provide up to 850,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/day) of additional firm transportation service to enable producers to move new gas volumes to expanding mid-continent and Gulf Coast markets.
Equitrans proposes to construct and operate: around 35.3 miles of 30-inch diameter greenfield pipeline; a new compressor station consisting of two centrifugal compressors driven by gas turbine engines providing about 21,000 horsepower; an approximately 14.0 mile, 24-inch diameter loop of a portion of its existing Mainline System; a new compressor station consisting of one centrifugal compressor driven by a gas turbine engine providing about 15,000 HP and the associated discharge pipeline; and interconnections, mainline block valves, launchers and receivers, control systems, and other facilities at aboveground sites, all in the states of West Virginia and Ohio.
The Ohio Valley Connector Project will provide tie-ins with Rockies Express Pipeline LLC (REX), Texas Eastern Transmission LP (TETCO), and existing Equitrans Mainline and Sunrise Transmission System facilities. The estimated cost of these facilities will be approximately $415.5m.
The Ohio Valley Connector Project offers substantial benefit to producers in the central Appalachian Basin so that they can move their gas into the interstate pipeline grid. The application added: “Equitrans’ existing natural gas pipeline system in the central Appalachian region overlies areas of production in northern West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania, putting it in a unique position to accommodate the increased gas production in an efficient, cost effective manner that minimizes duplication of facilities and environmental impacts. To meet the prospective shippers’ request for service to commence by June 2016, Equitrans desires to commence construction of the Ohio Valley Connector by August 2015. Equitrans therefore respectfully requests the issuance of the certificate of public convenience and necessity requested herein no later than July 1, 2015. Equitrans also requests that the Commission grant such waivers as may be required to allow for the construction to commence as proposed.”