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FERC approves Atlantic Coast Pipeline certificate

FERC approves Atlantic Coast Pipeline certificate

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a proposed 966 km gas transmission pipeline that will begin in Harrison County, West Virginia and travel to Robeson County, North Carolina via Greensville County, Virginia, where an addition lateral line will extend to Chesapeake, Virginia.

Three compressor stations will be located along the pipeline’s route, at Harrison, Buckingham in Virginia, and Greensville.

The pipeline is being developed by Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and Southern Company Gas.

Dominion Energy owns the largest stake in the project and will be responsible for constructing and operating the pipeline; two additional laterals will connect to Dominion Energy’s electricity generating facilities in Brunswick and Greensville Counties.

In the certificate, the commission stated that the benefits of the project outweigh the potential adverse effects on shippers, other pipelines, landowners and the surrounding communities.

The commission also noted that if the pipeline was constructed in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, and the recommendations for mitigating impacts supplied by the Environmental Impact Statement were applied, impacts would be reduced to acceptable levels.

“We are very pleased to receive FERC approval for this vitally important project,” Dominion Energy VP Engineering and Construction Leslie Hartz said.

“This is the most significant milestone yet for a project that will bring jobs, economic growth and cleaner energy to our region.

“In the coming days we will fully review the certificate and finalise our plans for complying with its conditions.

“We will also continue working with the other state and federal agencies to complete the environmental review process and make this critically important project a reality.

“All three commissioners acknowledge the need for more natural gas infrastructure to serve consumers in Virginia and North Carolina.

“In her dissent, Commissioner LaFleur noted that more than 90 per cent of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s capacity is subscribed by public utility customers in the two states.

“The end use of this gas is well established on the public record and is a matter of urgent public necessity.

“Our public utility customers are depending on this infrastructure to generate cleaner electricity, heat homes and power local businesses.

“The project will result in a growing economy, a cleaner environment, and lower energy costs for consumers and businesses across the region.”

For more information visit the Atlantic Coast Pipeline website.

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