Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC (MVP) has pushed back the in-service date of its 303-mile, 2 million Dth/d natural gas conduit from late 2023 to early 2024, citing unexpected setbacks since resuming construction this summer.

Project co-sponsor Equitrans Midstream Corp. in a Form-8K filing this week with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pointed to “unforeseen factors” that have “substantially affected the pace of construction” for the long-delayed Appalachia-to-Southeast pipeline.

The operator also said the total cost of the embattled pipeline would swell to around $7.2 billion. Equitrans had previously estimated a budget of $6.6 billion.

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