As proposed, the MVP Southgate project is a natural gas pipeline that spans approximately 72 miles from southern Virginia to central North Carolina – and as an interstate pipeline will be regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). MVP Southgate will be developed, constructed, and owned by Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC (Mountain Valley).
With a vast supply of natural gas from Marcellus and Utica shale production, the Mountain Valley Pipeline mainline will transport natural gas to markets in the Mid- and South-Atlantic regions of the United States. The MVP Southgate, as proposed, will receive gas from the Mountain Valley Pipeline mainline in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, and extend approximately 72 miles south to new delivery points in Rockingham and Alamance Counties, North Carolina. MVP Southgate would provide low-cost supply access to natural gas produced in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions – for service delivery to PSNC Energy customers, as well as existing and new end-user markets in southern Virginia and central North Carolina.
The pipeline will be regulated under the federal Natural Gas Act, which requires a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the FERC before construction can commence. As currently proposed, the underground pipeline will be 24 inches in diameter and will require approximately 50 feet of permanent easement, with up to 100 feet of temporary easement during construction, depending on conditions. In addition, as currently designed, the project will require two compressor stations, the first is anticipated to be located at the beginning of the project in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, on land owned by Mountain Valley, and the second is proposed to be installed near the East Tennessee interconnect near Eden, North Carolina.
Designing the Route
The proposed MVP Southgate route is being carefully designed to avoid sensitive or protected areas when feasible; limit surface disturbance; and minimize the overall environmental footprint, as well as utilize as many existing gas and electric transmission corridors as possible. The MVP Southgate project team will work diligently with stakeholders, including landowners, community members, local officials, and state and federal agencies to identify the best possible route for the proposed pipeline. The currently proposed route avoids all federal and state parks and wildlife preserves.