Columbia Gas initiates FERC review of West Virginia/Virginia capacity project

Columbia Gas Transmission LLC on April 1 requested approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to initiate the Pre-Filing review process for Columbia’s proposed WB XPress Project in West Virginia and Virginia.

The project would involve the construction and operation of approximately 30 miles of various diameter pipeline, modifications to seven existing compressor stations, construction of two new compressor stations, and uprating the maximum allowable operating pressure on various segments of the WB pipeline system. All of these project components would be located in West Virginia and Virginia.

The project would provide an additional 1.3 billion cubic feet per day of capacity for bi-directional firm transportation service to markets in western West Virginia and northern Virginia.

Columbia plans to file an application with the commission for authorization to construct and operate the proposed facilities under Section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA), with the April 1 application allowing the environmental review process to begin prior to that time.

The project’s major components would include:

  • West Virginia – Replacement Pipeline (Randolph and Pendleton Counties): replace approximately 26 miles of pipeline in and along existing rights-of-way with 26-inch-diameter pipeline;
  • West Virginia – New WV Compressor Station (Kanawha County): install two gas-driven units for a total of 31,800 horsepower (hp) at a new facility, adjacent to Columbia’s existing Cobb Compressor Station;
  • West Virginia – New Pipelines (Line WB-22 and Line WB-5 Extension) (Kanawha County): install approximately 1,500 feet of 36-inch-diameter pipeline from Panther Mountain Regulator Station to New WV Compressor Station, and 3,300 feet of 36-inch-diameter pipeline from the New WV Compressor Station to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline-owned Point of Delivery;
  • West Virginia – Compressor Station Modification (Braxton County): perform modifications of piping and appurtenances at the existing Frametown Compressor Station;
  • West Virginia – Compressor Station Modification (Upshur County): add 31,800 hp and piping modifications at the existing Cleveland Compressor Station;
  • West Virginia – Compressor Station Modification (Randolph County): add 21,830 hp and piping modifications at the existing Files Creek Compressor Station;
  • West Virginia – Compressor Station Modification (Pendleton County): add 10,915 hp and piping modifications at the existing Seneca Compressor Station;
  • West Virginia – Compressor Station Modification (Hardy County): add 31,800 hp and piping modifications at the existing Lost River Compressor Station;
  • Virginia – Compressor Station Modification (Shenandoah County): add 37,730 hp and piping modifications at the existing Strasburg Compressor Station;
  • Virginia – Compressor Station Modification (Loudoun County): perform modifications of piping and appurtenances at the existing Loudoun Compressor Station and the Dominion-owned Point of Delivery;
  • Virginia – New VA Compressor Station (Fairfax County): install two electrical-driven units for a total of 6,400 hp at a new facility;
  • Virginia – New Pipeline (Line VA-1) (Fairfax County): install approximately 2.5 miles of 12-inch-diameter pipeline from the New VA Compressor Station to a new VA Point of Delivery;
  • West Virginia and Virginia (multiple counties) – Pipeline Uprates: uprate the maximum allowable operating pressure on segments of the WB-5/VB-5, and WB- 6 pipelines; and
  • West Virginia and Virginia (multiple counties) – installation and modifications to appurtenances (valves, launchers/receivers, etc.).
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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.