By Robert Walton
- Backers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have delayed construction by almost a year, but say there will be no impact on the system’s projected inservice date or project costs, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.
- Dominion Energy told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that requests for additional project information and the possibility of utilizing alternative routes means the delay is necessary. Construction, slated to begin this fall, will likely not get started until summer 2017.
- The $5.1 billion system will transport gas supplies from West Virginia to North Carolina, and is being developed by Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources. Last year, regulators instructed the companies to consider alternate routes, in order to mitigate impact on the Monongahela and George Washington National Forests.
Data requests from FERC and the possibility that an alternate route will be utilized have led backers of the ACP to push back groundbreaking. But they say the 18-month construction period will not have an impact on the project’s schedule, and there will be no resulting increase in costs.
“We believe it can be completed on the same schedule. It is just a matter of how we position our resources and work crews,” Dominion spokesman Aaron Ruby told Charlotte Business Journal.
The delay follows detailed data requests from federal regulators, but Ruby said the project is still expected to be complete by late 2018.