Equitrans files for gas expansion project in area

Posted November 5, 2015

A subsidiary of EQT Midstream Partners has filed an application with a federal agency to proceed with construction of an interstate gas facility that will expand its mainline transmission system in Greene and Washington counties.

According to an advertisement placed in the Observer-Reporter this week, Equitrans LP said it filed a formal application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking authorization to construct the Equitrans Expansion Project, an interstate natural gas facility development that will expand the existing Equitrans Mainline Transmission system.

Designed to transport up to 600,000 dekatherms per day of natural gas from production supply in the central Appalachian Basin, the EEP will help to provide natural gas supply to the growing demand generated by local distribution companies, industrial users and power generation facilities in the local, northeastern, Mid-Atlantic and southeastern regions of the United States.

As part of its proposal, Equitrans plans to replace the existing 4,800-hp Pratt compressor station with a modern, 31,300-hp facility known as the Redhook compressor station in Greene County.

The proposed project includes construction and operation of 7.87 miles of non-continuous pipeline and other minor facilities in Allegheny, Washington and Greene counties, as well as in Wetzel County, W.Va.

The project, which is subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to begin construction in December 2016, with partial service beginning in late 2017 and full completion in the fourth quarter of 2018.

The company said identified stakeholders will be mailed a copy of FERC’s notice of application, which specifies the deadline for submitting motions to intervene and includes FERC’s informational pamphlet.

In May, EQT Midstream Partners held an open house in Jefferson to discuss its expansion project, which will include the installation of four miles of 30-inch pipeline between the new compressor system and the existing H-302 pipeline and five miles of 24-inch pipelines between Applegate Gathering System and the existing H-148 pipeline in Allegheny and Washington counties.

Detailed maps and copies of the application can be found at the Eva K. Bowlby Library in Waynesburg and Citizens Library in Washington.

Stakeholders can contract Equitrans by phone at 1-855-EEP-7675 or by e-mail at equitransproject@eqt.com.