Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC, has announced a 2018 year-end project update, supporting its targeted 4Q19 full in-service date and reaffirming a total Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) project cost estimate of US$4.6 billion.
Mountain Valley expects to have approximately 70% of the MVP project complete by year-end, which includes the welding of nearly 58% of the pipeline and the ongoing construction work of all compressor stations and interconnects that are expected to be complete by February. Most recently, MVP construction crews have been focused on stabilising the right-of-way for the winter season.
“Construction of MVP began in February 2018 and, despite various setbacks and unprecedented weather conditions, we have made substantial progress this year,” said Diana Charletta, Chief Operating Officer, Equitrans Midstream Corporation. “We appreciate the expertise and oversight of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, as well as other state and federal agencies that have helped guide our construction activities. The MVP project team takes its environmental stewardship responsibilities very seriously and we will continue to comply with the laws and regulations related to the safe and responsible construction of our MVP project.”
Since the onset of the project more than four years ago, MVP has retained five key stakeholder priorities: design a route with the least overall impact to landowners and communities; minimise impacts to sensitive species and preserve cultural, historical and environmental resources, including streams and wetlands; construct the pipeline in the safest manner possible; maintain high levels of environmental protection at all times; and ensure the safety of MVP’s landowners, communities, inspectors, employees and contractors.
Activities related to MVP’s construction have brought an economic boost to local businesses, restaurants, and hotels – generating additional revenue and creating jobs. Additionally, and in support of communities along the route, MVP established a local giving programme in mid 2017. MVP’s community support programme provides sponsorships and donations to charitable organisations and community events that focus on STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics); environmental stewardship; civic and community; or arts and culture. During the past 18 months, MVP has donated nearly US$400 000 to local organisations and community associations along the 303 mile route.
The MVP project team is committed to the safety of its communities, to the preservation and protection of the environment, and to the continued responsible construction of this important natural gas infrastructure project that will serve homes and business in the mid-Atlantic and southeast US.
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