Dominion Energy Transmission Inc. has canceled its Sweden Valley Project and terminated the project’s application with FERC.
In a recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission filing, Dominion iterated that it had requested a certificate of public convenience by Nov. 10, 2018 to maintain an in-service date this year of Nov. 1.
Now with half of the year gone, FERC has yet to issue the certificate, and Dominion has lost a customer as a result, the company said in its filing requesting the application termination.
Sweden Valley would have involved installing a short lateral of 1.7 miles, 3.2 miles of 24-inch diameter pipeline looping, re-wheeling three compression facilities, constructing metering/regulation facilities and other associated equipment in Ohio’s Licking and Tuscarawas counties and Pennsylvania’s Armstrong, Clinton and Greene counties.
FERC issued a favorable environmental assessment for the project last August after Dominion submitted its initial request in January last year.
Sweden Valley was included in the agenda released prior to FERC's December open meeting, but the pipeline and a second item -- a proposed certificate for Venture Global’s Calcasieu Pass liquefied natural gas export project in Louisiana -- were removed from the agenda prior to the meeting. Speculation at the time was that the two-Republican, two-Democrat Commission was unable to come to agreement on the projects.
In February, Dominion filed another request for the project’s certification, citing “disparate treatment” between Sweden Valley and other natural gas projects.
Several other natural gas projects have been authorized by FERC since the December meeting, Dominion’s Paul Ruppert, president of the gas transmission unit said at the time, but no action had been taken on Sweden Valley.
Since filing its termination request at the end of last week, Dominion has since removed all mention of the Sweden Valley project on its website.
Dominion is also invested in the legally embattled Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC (ACP) project.
ACP, a joint venture between Dominion, Duke Energy Corp., Piedmont Natural Gas and Southern Company Gas, officially petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court in June to overturn a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decision, which tossed out a critical U.S. Forest Service (USFS) sign-off.
That USFS approval is a prerequisite for the 1.5 Bcf/d, 600-mile natural gas pipeline to cross through national forests and the Appalachian Trail on its mountainous path from West Virginia into Virginia and North Carolina.