Construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will require the dedication of thousands of highly-skilled workers, tons of steel pipe, hundreds of pieces of specialized equipment and continuous oversight by state and federal inspectors.
The construction process will generate more than 17,000 new jobs and $2.7 billion in economic activity across the region, with more than 13,000 professionals working directly on pipeline construction. At least half of the construction workforce will be hired through local unions, many of which offer free training and apprenticeship programs for local residents. The entire workforce receives rigorous training, and in many cases professional certification before beginning their work.
Pipeline construction is expected to be underway once again by the end of 2019, with partial service in 2020 and full service in 2021. The pipeline will be built in individual sections, or spreads, with multiple spreads under construction at the same time.
Pipeline construction is very similar to a moving assembly line, with different specialized teams performing each step in the process. Once each team completes its task, another team moves in to complete the next phase of construction.
Learn about the different phases of the construction process below. To see the current stage of construction for each area along the route, visit our interactive and construction maps.
Sources: The Economic Impacts of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, ICF International, February 2015
The Economic Impact of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina, Chimura Economics & Analytics, September 2014