Other Pipeline Projects in Virginia

Three recent pipeline and compressor station projects have been announced and are now under review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The projects are located in Southside and Southeast Virginia and are related to expansion of existing pipelines.

The proposed routes for the projects travel through areas with existing pollution, inadequate infrastructure, failing sewer storage and often, strains on existing water resources. The increased gas capacity traveling through the pipe would mean increased greenhouse gas emissions in areas already suffering from significant climate change impacts.

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Virginia Reliability Project

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Project information

Virginia Reliability Project
Owner: TC Energy
Intent: Replace 48 miles of 12” pipe with 24” steel pipes south of Petersburg into Hampton Roads and upgrade Emporia compressor station with electric turbines
Needs claim: To bring an additional 135 million cubic feet per day of natural gas capacity to central and southern Virginia for purported 500K new homes
Scope: Virginia Scope of Work

  • Emporia – compressor station upgrade
  • 48-mile pipeline upgrade from 12” to 24” steel

Status: Under review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Scoping Comment period closed April 7. FERC will now create an Environmental Assessment or Impact Statement, followed by public comment.
Timeline from TC Energy:

  • 12/2021: File FERC pre-application
  • Fall 2022: File FERC application
  • Winter 2023: FERC certification
  • Winter/Spring 2024 – Construction
  • November 2025 – In service

How to weigh in: Via FERC docket PF22-3-000. This comment guide is available.

Source: Virginia Reliability Project


Southside Reliability Enhancement

Williams’ Southside Reliability Enhancement Project is a proposed expansion of the company’s existing Transco gas pipeline which would transport more gas from Virginia into North Carolina. The project includes the construction of six miles of pipeline and a new, electric compressor station in Mecklenburg County, Va. A portion of the project includes the Commonwealth Energy Connector Project, which is under review by FERC in docket PF22-4.

Project information

Owner: Williams Transco
Intent: 423,400 dekatherms per day, new Compressor station 168 in Mecklenburg County, Va., (all electric), Modifications to three existing M&R stations in North Carolina, additional compression to existing compressor facilities in Pittsylvania, Va., and Davidson County N.C., proposing flow reversal modification in Davidson County.

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Source: Williams Tranco


Virginia Electrification Project

The Virginia Electrification Project is intended for upgrades to Central Virginia compressor stations, converting to electric turbines.

Project information

Owner: TC Energy
Timeline, per company:

  • Sept 2021: Filed FERC application
  • Q1 2023: Begin construction
  • Nov 2023: Project In-service

Source: TC Energy


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