FERC issues notice on related applications for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Oct. 2 issued a notice about a Sept. 18 application from Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC for authorization to install, construct, own, operate and maintain certain natural gas pipeline facilities for its Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) project.

These facilities consist of: approximately 564.1 miles of various diameter pipeline; three greenfield compressor stations totaling 117,545 horsepower (HP) of compression; and various auxiliary facilities designed to transport up to approximately 1.5 million dekatherms per day (MMDth/d) of natural gas.

Facilities to be constructed are located in Harrison, Lewis, Upshur, Randolph, and Pocahontas counties, West Virginia; Highland, Augusta, Nelson, Buckingham, Cumberland, Prince Edward, Nottoway, Dinwiddie, Brunswick, Greensville and Southampton counties and the cities of Suffolk and Chesapeake, Virginia; and Northampton, Halifax, Nash, Wilson, Johnston, Sampson, Cumberland and Robeson counties, North Carolina. 

In a related filing, on Sept. 18, Dominion Transmission Inc. (DTI) requested authorization to abandon, install, construct, own, operate and maintain certain natural gas pipeline facilities for its Supply Header Project (Supply Header) located in Westmoreland and Greene counties, Pennsylvania; and Harrison, Doddridge, Tyler, Wetzel, and Marshall counties, West Virginia. The Supply Header would provide transportation service of approximately 1.5 MMDth/d from supply areas on the DTI system for delivery to the ACP. The Supply Header facilities would consist of: two pipeline loops of 30-inch diameter pipeline totaling 37.5 miles; added compression at three existing compressor stations totaling 70,530 HP; and various related facilities. DTI also proposes to abandon two compressor units in Wetzel County, West Virginia. 

Finally, also on Sept. 18, ACP and Piedmont Natural Gas Co. Inc. filed a joint application seeking authorization of a lease pursuant to which ACP will lease capacity on Piedmont’s system for use by ACP in providing service under its FERC Gas Tariff, primarily for Public Service Co. of North Carolina. Piedmont, a local distribution company (LDC), also requests a limited jurisdiction certificate in order to enter into the lease with ACP for the interstate transportation of gas through Piedmont’s facilities. Piedmont also requests a determination that the lease will not affect its status and a LDC not otherwise subject to commission regulation.

Any questions regarding the ACP–Piedmont Lease should be directed to: Matthew Bley, Director, Gas Transmission Certificates, Dominion Transmission Inc., 701 East Cary Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219; telephone: 866-319-3382.

In November 2014, the commission staff granted ACP’s and DTI’s requests to utilize the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Pre-Filing Process for the combined Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Supply Header projects. Now, as of the filing of the applications on Sept. 18, the NEPA Pre-Filing Process for this project has ended.

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