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Equitrans gets OK to proceed with expansion work tied to Mountain Valley

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Equitrans LP's request to proceed with work on a compressor station in Pennsylvania as part of the Mountain Valley Pipeline-linked Equitrans Expansion Project.

The commission issued a limited approval March 26 for the EQT Midstream Partners subsidiary to install certain pipings and fittings at the Jefferson compressor station in Greene County, Pa. The compressor station is part of the Equitrans Expansion, which will carry up to 600,000 Dth/d from the Appalachian Basin to local distribution companies, industrial users and power generation facilities throughout the Northeast, mid-Atlantic and Southeast.

Equitrans on March 23 asked FERC for a variance and partial notice to proceed for the capacity increase at the station to be issued no later than March 27. The partnership originally filed the requests March 2.

FERC in October 2017 approved the $172 million Equitrans system expansion, which is intended to interconnect with the 2-Bcf/d Mountain Valley project. Staff at FERC on Dec. 28, 2017, asked Equitrans for more information to help check for compliance with environmental conditions after the partnership filed a request for a partial notice to proceed that covered most of the project.

The Mountain Valley project, a joint venture of EQT Midstream Partners LP and affiliates of NextEra Energy Inc., RGC Resources Inc., WGL Holdings Inc. and Consolidated Edison Inc., would bring gas about 300 miles from West Virginia to pipeline connections in Virginia for transport to markets farther downstream.

Equitrans is owned by subsidiaries of EQT Midstream Partners. (FERC docket CP16-13)