The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a critical infrastructure project that will strengthen the economic vitality, environmental health and energy security of the Mid-Atlantic region.
Public utilities in Virginia and North Carolina need new, lower-cost supplies of natural gas to generate cleaner electricity, heat the homes of a growing population and power new industries like manufacturing. The pipelines serving our region are fully tapped and unable to keep up with consumer demand. Businesses are having their service shut off on the coldest winter days and new industries are being turned away because the region’s pipeline infrastructure is too constrained.
That is why a group of regional energy companies are building the Atlantic Coast Pipeline – to deliver the new supplies of natural gas our region needs to generate cleaner electricity, keep our homes warm and grow the economy.
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline will be an energy provider, job creator and economic game changer for West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. This underground natural gas transmission pipeline will transport new supplies of natural gas from West Virginia to communities where it’s urgently needed in Virginia and North Carolina. Along the way, the pipeline will help the region lower emissions, improve air quality, grow local economies and create thousands of new jobs in manufacturing and other industries.
The 600-mile underground Atlantic Coast Pipeline will originate in West Virginia, travel through Virginia with a lateral extending to Chesapeake, VA, and then continue south into eastern North Carolina, ending in Robeson County. Two additional, shorter laterals will connect to two Dominion Energy electric generating facilities in Brunswick and Greensville Counties.
The proposed route was developed after more than three years of extensive study and meaningful engagement with landowners and communities—all with the goal of finding the best route with the least possible impact on landowners and the environment. More than 6,000 miles of potential routes were carefully studied before choosing the 600-mile route. After consulting with landowners and performing extensive field surveys, more than 300 additional route adjustments were made to avoid environmentally sensitive areas and address individual landowner concerns. This thorough and exhaustive process significantly reduced the environmental impacts of the project and minimized its impact on individual landowners.
In addition, three compressor stations are included in the project. The ACP project team will ensure they meet, and in many cases far exceed, stringent regulatory requirements for air quality, sound levels and safety. For more details on these specifications click here.
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline will transport American energy to millions of consumers in Virginia and North Carolina. The ACP's customers are five of the largest public utilities in the region: Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, Virginia Natural Gas and Public Service Company of North Carolina. Together, these public utilities provide home heating, electricity and industrial power to millions of homes, businesses, schools and hospitals across Virginia and North Carolina.
The ACP is being developed by four leading U.S. energy companies: Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and Southern Company Gas. Combined, these companies have centuries of experience providing reliable electric and natural gas service to millions of customers in the Southeast. As the leading percentage owner of the project, Dominion Energy will be responsible for constructing and operating the pipeline.