Four major U.S. energy companies – Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources – announced the formation of a joint venture to build and own the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The $550-mile natural gas pipeline would run from Harrison County, WV, southeast through Virginia with an extension to Chesapeake, VA, and then south through central North Carolina to Robeson County.
The partnership, called Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC, will own the pipeline initially proposed by Dominion as the Southeast Reliability Project. It is designed in part to meet the needs identified in requests for proposals last April by Duke Energy and Piedmont, and in June by Virginia Power Services Energy. It would deliver natural gas supplies to growing markets for additional customers in Virginia and North Carolina. The pipeline would provide a new route for direct access to the burgeoning production in the Marcellus and Utica shale basins of West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Dominion is to build and operate the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on behalf of the venture.
The main pipeline would have a 42-inch diameter in West Virginia and Virginia, reducing to 36 inches in diameter in North Carolina.