Dominion has requested the FERC pre-filing process for its proposed Appalachian Gateway Project which is designed to transport natural gas produced in West Virginia and southwest Pennsylvania to storage fields and pipelines in Pennsylvania.
“Marcellus Shale and traditional production have increased the natural gas available from the Appalachian Basin,” said Gary Sypolt, CEO of Dominion Energy. “The Appalachian Gateway Project will lessen the bottleneck preventing some of the natural gas produced in West Virginia and southwest Pennsylvania from getting to customers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic who are in need of new supplies.”
Sypolt said the project is fully subscribed by Marcellus Shale and other Appalachian natural gas producers. The total firm transportation delivery from the project is 484,260 Dth/d of natural gas. The cost for facilities in the FERC request is $600 million. Construction could begin in 2011with service starting in 2012.
Plans call for four compressor stations to be built and upgrades at two existing stations, adding about 17,000 horsepower to Dominion’s system. About 110 miles of new pipeline would be built, beginning in West Virginia and terminating at Dominion and Spectra’s jointly owned Oakford facility in Delmont, PA., east of Pittsburgh.