Equitrans to Begin Construction on Ohio Valley Connector Expansion Project

(P&GJ) — In a significant development for the energy sector, Equitrans Midstream Corp. has recently achieved major regulatory milestones for its Ohio Valley Connector Expansion (OVCX) project.

In June, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the project, marking a crucial step forward. Subsequently, on July 27, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the last outstanding approval for the OVCX project, paving the way for the project's advancement.

With further progress on the horizon, on Monday, FERC issued the Notice to Proceed, signaling ETRN's imminent commencement of construction. The company is gearing up to break ground and expects to begin construction shortly. The OVCX project is strategically designed to enhance deliverability on ETRN's Ohio Valley Connector pipeline, bolstering the company's capacity by approximately 350 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d). The project aims to meet growing demand in key markets in the mid-continent and Gulf Coast regions through existing interconnects with long-haul pipelines in Clarington, Ohio.

The projected in-service date for the incremental capacity is set for the first half of 2024. The OVCX expansion is expected to play a crucial role in addressing the escalating energy needs of the region. To fulfill this ambitious undertaking, ETRN anticipates investing approximately $160 million in the project. This substantial investment is primarily supported by a long-term firm capacity commitment of 330 MMcf/d, highlighting the company's commitment to meeting the demands of the evolving energy landscape.

As Equitrans Midstream Corp. takes these monumental strides towards the OVCX Project, the company remains dedicated to its vision of fostering energy growth and infrastructure development to drive progress and meet the energy demands of the future. With construction set to begin soon, industry stakeholders and energy enthusiasts keenly await the successful completion of the OVCX project, anticipating the benefits it will bring to the energy sector and regional communities alike.

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