As proposed, the MVP Southgate project is a natural gas pipeline system that spans approximately 73 miles from southern Virginia to central North Carolina – and as an interstate pipeline will be regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC, will construct and own the proposed MVP Southgate. EQM Midstream Partners will operate the pipeline and own the largest interest in the joint venture.
MVP Southgate will tie into the Mountain Valley Pipeline near Chatham, Virginia, and transport supplies of Marcellus and Utica natural gas to delivery points in Rockingham and Alamance counties in North Carolina for distribution to PSNC Energy’s residential and commercial customers. The project is proposed to terminate at an existing interconnect facility in Alamance County. As stated in the formal application, Mountain Valley has secured a firm commitment from PSNC Energy for 300,000 dekatherms (300 million cubic feet) per day and continues to engage in discussion with other potential customers. The project’s proposed route passes through a portion of the Southern Virginia Mega Site at Berry Hill, which is one of the largest business parks on the East Coast. As an open-access pipeline, the proposed pipeline also may provide additional access to other new and existing end users in proximity to the route.
The pipeline will be governed by the federal Natural Gas Act, which requires a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity from the FERC before construction can commence. As currently planned, the pipeline will be 24 inches in diameter for the first 31 miles, and 16 inches in diameter for the remaining 42 miles. The project will require approximately 50 feet of permanent easement, with up to an additional 50 feet of temporary easement during construction (for a total of up to 100 feet during construction). As proposed, the project will require one compressor station, with a proposed location on land owned by Mountain Valley near Chatham, Virginia.
Designing the Route
Engineering aspects have included surveying and evaluating various routes to help determine a proposed route with the least overall impact to landowners, cultural and historic resources, and the environment. During the pre-filing review, which began in May 2018, Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC, contracted with surveying professionals, who are licensed in the states in which work is being performed, to perform survey activities on its behalf for the MVP Southgate project. The MVP Southgate team also hosted open houses and participated in FERC scoping meetings as part of a comprehensive effort to encourage open discussion with community members, landowners, tribes and public agencies.
The proposed MVP Southgate route has been carefully designed to utilize existing gas and electric transmission corridors where possible, resulting in a proposed route that is 54 percent co-located with those existing corridors. The proposed route also has been designed to avoid sensitive or protected areas where feasible, limit surface disturbance, address environmental justice concerns and minimize the overall environmental footprint. As part of the MVP Southgate project team’s commitment to communities, the project team considered a wide range of alternatives and variations to the proposed route, and made 191 route adjustments in response to feedback collected during the pre-filing process. These adjustments are reflected in the current route, as proposed in the Nov. 6, 2018 filing.
Counties along the proposed MVP Southgate route include:
- Virginia: Pittsylvania
- North Carolina: Rockingham,Alamance