Dominion Announces $145M Project to Expand Gas Supply to DC & MD

ema-map-298wDominion recently announced a new pipeline project called Eastern Market Access Project. The project will beef up two compressor stations in Virginia, build a new compressor station in Maryland, and add a couple of pipeline taps near Washington, D.C. The purpose of the $145 million project is to deliver more gas to Washington Gas, and to deliver gas to a new gas-fired electric power plant being built in Maryland. We suspect Marcellus/Utica gas will be the added gas flowing to both Washington Gas and the new electric plant in Maryland. [Note: A Dominion spokesman later confirmed to us that the gas will come from either the Marcellus or Utica plays.] You may recall that in May 2015 Washington Gas announced a plan to invest in Marcellus wells in Greene and Clearfield counties in PA (see Washington Gas $126M Deal to Bring Marcellus Gas to DC Suburbs). That plan was later nixed by Virginia regulators (see Virginia Rejects Deal for DC-based Utility to Buy Marcellus Wells). Perhaps Washington Gas will get the last laugh after all with new quantities of Marcellus gas flowing through the Dominion Eastern Market Access project…

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