Due to the ongoing legal and regulatory challenges, EQM Midstream Partners LP has raised the estimated cost of its Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline and also delayed the project completion time, Reuters reported.
The initial estimate when EQM started construction on Mountain Valley was about $3.5 billion and to be completed by the end of 2018. But those estimates were raised and now the estimated cost has been raised from $4.6 billion to $4.8 - $5 billion. Also the target to complete the project was delayed from the fourth quarter of 2019 to mid-2020.
The 303 mile Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline extends from West Virginia to Virginia and is designed to deliver 2 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas. EQM commented that it had submitted a land exchange proposal to the federal government in an effort to enable the pipe to cross the Appalachian Trail.
The company’s land exchange proposal would grant the federal government full ownership of private lands crossed by the Appalachian Trail, including certain private land located adjacent to the Jefferson National Forest and in exchange, the government would grant Mountain Valley a right-of-way to cross the trail using the pipeline’s previously planned underground method at an existing crossing location approved by the FERC in 2017.