On Wednesday, May 23rd, the ACP team welcome members of the local community to celebrate breaking ground for the compressor station in Jane Lew, West Virginia.
From the article by Charles Young:
Representatives of the oil and gas industry, local leaders and elected officials from around the state celebrated the first major step toward completion of Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline project Wednesday with a groundbreaking ceremony for the Marts Compressor Station in Jane Lew.
The station, which will provide compression to support the transmission of natural gas, marks the beginning of major construction on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, said Samantha Norris, communications specialist for Dominion.
“Dominion Energy is very proud of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project,” she said. “This is a project that we’ve been working on for almost four years now. We are ready to see that construction begin.”
The pipeline will cross more than 600 miles between Harrison County and Greensville County, Virginia, to transport natural gas produced in West Virginia to energy users in Virginia and North Carolina.
Construction will require more than 3,000 workers over the course of the project, Norris said.
“This project means jobs in the state of West Virginia,” she said. “We’re looking at around 3,000 construction jobs and related jobs affiliated with the construction phase as a result of the ACP in West Virginia specifically.”
The pipeline will continue to provide employment and economic opportunities long after construction is complete, Norris said.
“This project is designed to last for generations and generations to come,” she said. “It is being done in a sustainable manner, both environmentally and for the longevity of this pipeline being able to produce a resource for generations to come.”
Projections show that there is more than enough natural gas in the region to keep the pipeline active, Norris said.
“Many scholars and researchers have identified our region that we are sitting on here in West Virginia as the Saudi Arabia of natural gas,” she said. “We have a rich and abundant resource of clean-burning natural gas right below the surface. We are excited that through projects like this, we are to bring this much-needed resource to the individuals, homes and businesses that want to take advantage of it.”
West Virginia Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher said the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is an example of the type of economy boosting project promised by Gov. Jim Justice.
“I think this ACP pipeline exemplifies the governor’s vision that West Virginia is a state rich in resources and great opportunities for economic development,” Thrasher said. “I know the governor has been tremendously supportive of this project. He says it’s a great opportunity for immediate and long-term growth in our state.”
Officials with Dominion have taken every environmental precaution possible with the project, Thrasher said.
“I believe in this case it’s really been done in a beautiful manner, in terms of all these things that have been taken into consideration from the beginning,” he said. “I think it’s truly a situation where we can come out of the situation, not only economically but environmentally, in even better shape than we were before it started.”
Mike Morris, general manager of MEC Construction which will be handling the compressor station project, said the Jane Lew site will provide jobs to around 100 local workers.
“We hire a lot of local employees, so a majority of our crew is from the local area,” he said. “So it’s putting a lot of people to work here.”
Hiring will take place throughout the eight- to 12-month project, Morris said.
“It ramps up,” he said. “We’ll start out with probably a 30-, 40-person crew and as we start setting equipment and piping out, we’ll go up to around 100 or so and then ramp down again close to the end.”
Hiring is expected to give a boost to the economy in surrounding communities, Morris said.
“We’ll have 100 employees coming through the local area here, stopping at all the convenience stores and that kind of thing. It will bring a lot business to the area,” he said. “Not to mention a lot of the other contractors that will be on site too.”
The compressor station’s construction will be divided into different phases, Morris said.
“First of all is the site work,” he said. “We’ll probably go through most of the summer with the site work. Then we’ll start the construction phase probably sometime in December and that will flow into probably September, October of next year.”
The construction won’t have to pause during the winter months, Morris said.
“We’ll continue working through the winter also,” he said. “It’ll pretty much be a normal schedule, but obviously the weather can affect that and cause delays. It’s not the ideal time to be building a station, but we’ve done it many a time and we’ll work through it.”
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