New 190-Mile NatGas Pipeline Planned for Delmarva Peninsula

Delmarva Pipeline map – click for larger version

It’s not often we run across a new pipeline project in our region that we haven’t heard about. But this is one of those days. Last August through October (for 60 days) the Delmarva Pipeline company ran an open house for a 190-mile pipeline that will originate in Rising Sun, Maryland and extend down the Eastern Shore to Accomack, Virginia. We missed the original open season announcement. An open season, for those new to the oil and gas business, is when a pipeline company floats a plan for a pipeline and gets potential customers to agree, contractually, to use the pipeline for the first 10-15 years (or longer) after it’s built. Those signed-on-the-dotted-line contracts give the builder, in this case H4 Capital Partners, confidence to file a plan and proceed with construction. The purpose of the Delmarva Pipeline is to flow natural gas to two rural counties in the southern portion of the Delmarva Peninsula–Somerset County, MD and Accomack County, VA. (Delmarva, for those not along the East Coast, stands for Delaware, Maryland and Virginia–the peninsula where portions of all three states can be found.) H4 Capital Partners has reportedly spent the past four years planning the $1.3 billion pipeline project, and they are now, after a successful open season, ready to file plans with FERC to make it happen. The plan is to get the pipeline built and in-service by late 2020 or early 2021. The reason MDN is interested in this pipeline should be obvious. Although there’s no mention of where the gas will come from to feed this new pipeline, we have zero doubt the gas will come from the Marcellus Shale–making the Delmarva Pipeline an important new demand source for our bountiful supplies of clean burning Marcellus gas…

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