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Equitrans can place parts of Mountain Valley-connected expansion in service

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted Equitrans LP permission to put in service natural gas pipeline facilities associated with the Equitrans expansion project.

In the July 30 order, FERC allowed the company to commence service at the modified Jefferson compressor station, the new Redhook compressor station and related pipelines. The commission added that the authorization did not apply to facilities that will deliver gas to the larger, EQT Corp.-led Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC project.

Equitrans asked FERC to start service on the project on July 2, stating the project has independent utility from the Mountain Valley project.

The Equitrans expansion consisted of about 7.4 miles of various diameter pipeline, two interconnects and other facilities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The project was designed to add up to 600,000 Dth/d of incremental north-to-south firm transportation capacity from the central Appalachian Basin to the interstate pipeline grid. It expanded the capacity of delivery interconnects with Texas Eastern Transmission LP, Dominion Energy Transmission Inc. and Columbia Gas Transmission LLC primarily in West Virginia.

The expansion was proposed alongside the 303-mile, 2 Bcf/d Mountain Valley pipeline. FERC approved the Equitrans project in June 2018. The commission authorized construction on the line in January 2018. (FERC docket CP16-13)

EQT Corp. executives have said they are still confident the Mountain Valley pipeline will be built, despite the project's many challenges and construction delays, including a court decision to strike permissions allowing the pipeline to cross through the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia and West Virginia that stopped construction on parts of the line.