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Equitrans starts operations on the Mountain Valley gas pipeline (US)

The US company Equitrans Midstream has announced that its 2 bcf/d (20.6 bcm/year) Mountain Valley gas pipeline has started operations, following the clearing of all applicable legal and regulatory requirements of the project by the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). 

The US$6.6bn project is a 303.5-mile (488 km) interstate natural gas pipeline that aims to unlock gas supplies from Marcellus and Utica shale production in Appalachia, the largest shale gas basin in the United States. The Mountain Valley Pipeline would cross nine West Virginia counties to transport natural gas to East Coast markets.

The project initially received approval from the FERC in 2017. However, it has faced deveral setbacks due to regulatory obstacles and legal disputes, leading to delays in its completion. The operator of the project, Equitrans Midstream, announced in March 2024 that it agreed to be purchased by the US natural gas producer EQT Corporation.