Improving Service and Flexibility of the Region's Interstate Pipeline System
Columbia Pipeline Group is proposing to construct and operate two new compressor stations, approximately 26 miles of pipeline replacement located along existing corridors and approximately 2.9 miles of new pipeline system in Virginia and West Virginia.
The WB XPress project – through its 1.3 billion cubic feet per day capacity enhancement and new pipeline interconnects - will significantly improve the service and flexibility of the region’s interstate pipeline system. Moreover, the project will facilitate continued use of a domestically-produced, low-cost source of energy that yields significantly lower emissions than its alternatives while reducing the nation’s dependence on foreign providers.
In addition to pipeline installation and modifications to appurtenances (valves, launchers/receivers, etc.) along the WB System, the project will include the following major components:
- New compressor station located in Fairfax County, Virginia requiring the installation of two electrically-driven compressor units for a total of 6,400 horsepower
- Installation of approximately 2.0 miles of 12-inch-diameter pipeline in Fairfax County, Virginia
- Modifications to the existing Strasburg Compressor Station in Shenandoah County requiring additional horsepower and piping all within Columbia’s existing footprint
- Modifications to the existing Loudoun Compressor Station requiring piping and appurtenances all within Columbia’s existing footprint
- Replacement of approximately 26 miles of 26 inch diameter pipeline in and along existing rights-of-way in Randolph and Pendleton Counties
- New Kanawha County compressor station requiring the installation of two natural gas driven units for additional horsepower, adjacent to Columbia’s existing Cobb Compressor Station
- New pipelines requiring the installation of approximately 1,500 feet of 36-inch-diameter pipeline from Panther Mountain Regulator Station to new Kanawha County compressor station, and 3,300 feet of 36-inch-diameter pipeline from the new Kanawha County compressor station to Point of Delivery
- Modifications to the existing Frametown Compressor Station in Braxton County requiring piping and appurtenances
- Modifications to the existing Cleveland Compressor Station in Upshur County requiring additional horsepower and piping
- Modifications to the Files Creek Compressor Station in Randolph County requiring additional horsepower and piping
- Modifications to the Seneca Compressor Station in Pendleton County requiring additional horsepower and piping
- Modifications to the Lost River Compressor Station in Hardy County requiring additional horsepower and piping
Focus on Safety and the Environment
The WB XPress project will be designed, constructed and operated with a core focus on safety and respect for landowners and local natural resources. Columbia’s efforts to meet and exceed safety and environmental standards have earned the company awards and recognition from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Southern Gas Association.
Working Closely with Residents and the Community
CPG is committed to proactive outreach to key project stakeholders. We will strive to ensure that all appropriate stakeholders are aware of individual project goals, as well as the company’s ongoing commitment to safe, reliable and efficient service, and resource sustainability.
The WB XPress Project Team, responsible for all aspects of the project, is the primary resource for discussion and analysis feedback obtained through outreach efforts. We will work to ensure timely and comprehensive communication with landowners, government officials and other key project stakeholders, and will work to implement solutions to improve the overall project and mitigate its impact on surrounding communities.
Columbia was recently accepted into pre-filing by the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC). Pending approval from FERC and other permitting agencies, Columbia projects construction beginning in the winter of 2017, with the project being placed in service in two phases in 2018. The company has already initiated outreach to impacted landowners and is in the process of surveying land along the route.