RICHMOND — Dominion Resources Inc. is considering building an approximately 450-mile-long natural gas transmission pipeline from West Virginia through Virginia to southern North Carolina that would go into service by the end of 2018.
The project is in the “extremely preliminary” stage, company spokesman Jim Norvelle said. “We have not decided to do this.”
The new pipeline, called the Dominion Southeast Reliability Project, would extend from the natural-gas rich Marcellus and Utica shale production regions in the Appalachians to markets in Virginia and North Carolina, according to a statement from Thomas Farrell, Dominion Resources’ chairman, president and CEO.
“We think there’s interest in getting natural gas from the Appalachian Basin into Virginia and North Carolina,” Norvelle said Tuesday.
Such a pipeline could cost as much as $2 billion to build, based on current construction prices for large U.S. gas pipelines.
As envisaged, the pipeline would run along a corridor from an interconnection with a Dominion Transmission pipeline in Harrison County, W.Va., through Virginia to Greensville County and on to Lumberton, N.C.
The pipeline would enter the state in Highland County in Western Virginia and run in a southeasterly direction through Nelson, Buckingham, Dinwiddie and Brunswick counties where it turns southward toward North Carolina.
The proposal features a 70-mile spur line in Greensville County to Hampton Roads, and a short connection to the 1,358-megawatt, natural-gas fueled Brunswick Power Station near Lawrenceville in Brunswick County. In North Carolina, spurs would run to the Raleigh and Fayetteville areas.
While the company has not identified a specific route for the proposed line, “we have begun notifying landowners we’ll be on their property as early as this summer to begin surveying for the best possible route,” Norvelle said. “Just because we’re surveying doesn’t mean your property has been selected for the route.”
Dominion Transmission Inc., the Dominion Resources’ interstate gas transmission and storage subsidiary, anticipates building the pipeline during 2017-18 and putting it into service as early as the end of 2018.
According to the Dominion Resources’ annual meeting presentation May 7, the recent, unusually cold winter highlighted need for southeastern gas infrastructure, with the proposed pipeline project giving customers access to additional supply basins.