West Virginia Executive Spring 2017 - Page 52

STATUS: Mountaineer Xpress Pipeline The proposed Mountaineer Xpress Pipeline (MXP) project includes approx- imately 165 miles of 36-inch-diameter pipeline; three new compressor stations in Doddridge, Calhoun and Jackson counties; modifications to existing com- pressor stations in Marshall, Wayne and Kanawha counties; and one regulating station. The pipeline would run south through the state from Marshall County and end in Wayne County. This would provide an additional 2.7-billion-cubic- feet-per-day capacity of firm transporta- tion service from the Marcellus and Utica production areas to Columbia Gas Trans- mission’s markets, including western West Virginia and the TCO Pool. “The purpose of our current growth projects in West Virginia is to meet the increasing demand of clean, domestically produced natural gas and make it available to the local, regional, national and world markets,” says Scott Castleman, U.S. 50 WEST VIRGINIA EXECUTIVE Pending FERC Approval Natural Gas Communications manager. “The proposed projects will allow natural gas to safely and efficiently flow through TransCanada’s system to meet current and future energy needs.” The MXP is proposed in conjunc- tion with the Gulf Xpress, which would construct seven new midpoint compres- sor stations in Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi, allowing an additional 875 million cubic feet of gas per day to move toward the Gulf Coast region. The esti- mated cost for the overall project is $2.7 billion, but the expected economic impact is even greater. “The MXP project is a significant fi- nancial investment in the state of West Virginia,” says Castleman. “According to an economic impact study conducted by Witt Economic LLC, approximately 8,800 jobs will be created during construction of this project, and the overall economic investment is estimated at $2.1 billion.” The project will also create addition- al tax revenue for the affected counties and the state overall. According to the study, counties crossed by the pipeline will benefit from increased property tax revenues during construction and after the pipeline is placed in service. The project application was submitted to the FERC in April 2016, and the decision is expected in late 2017 or early 2018 with construction to begin on November 1, 2018.