Construction on the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline won’t be complete until 2022, Dominion Energy told federal regulators last week in its request for a 2-year extension.
Dominion and Duke Energy, co-owners of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, originally projected construction would be finished in 2019.Many legal challenges and permitting issues have added to the delays, as well as the price tag: $8 billion, up 60% from the initial estimate of $5 billion.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission could legally grant the time extension if it determines the delays are the result of “good cause.”
Based on its previous decisions, FERC will likely approve the request.
FERC also granted a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Mountain Valley Southgate project. This pipeline would run from Pittsylvania County, Virginia, enter North Carolina near Eden in Rockingham County and travel 45 miles southeast, ending in Haw River, in Alamance County.
It is the southern extension of the main Mountain Valley Pipeline, which routes through West Virginia and Virginia.
The pipeline is owned by a consortium of energy companies and investors, including EQM Midstream and Next Era Energy.