The Mountain Valley Pipeline project team was able to make significant construction progress, despite various legal and regulatory challenges during 2019. In accordance with Mountain Valley Pipeline’s August 2019 voluntary suspension, much of its forward-construction work was already deferred, resulting in a shift of more mainline work into 2020.
“We are pleased with our progress during the past 10 months and, despite the few remaining permitting issues, we remain confident in the regulatory process and look forward to the successful in-service of this important infrastructure project," said Diana Charletta, President and Chief Operating Officer, EQM Midstream Partners, LP, operator of MVP.
Mountain Valley Pipeline’s three compressor stations and three certificated interconnects are now 100% complete. Approximately 80% of the pipeline work is also complete, which includes 264 miles of pipe welded and in place. Also approximately 50% of the right-of-way has been fully restored.
On October 15th, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a project-wide order halting forward-construction progress in response to the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals order granting a stay of MVP's Biological Opinion and Incidental Take Statement issued by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in November 2017.