Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), which has proposed a 550-mile natural gas pipeline for Virginia and North Carolina, recently announced a $400 million agreement with Dura-Bond Industries to produce steel pipe for the project.
Once approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the ACP would run from Harrison County, West Virginia, southeast to Chesapeake, Virginia, and through eastern North Carolina to Robeson County. Construction is slated to begin in late 2016 with service targeted to begin by late 2018.
The ACP is comprised of Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources.
"We are excited to work with Dura-Bond, one of the nation's premier suppliers of gas-transmission pipeline," Dominion Energy President Diane Leopold said. "Dura-Bond has an outstanding reputation in the industry and has been a long-term supplier of pipe and pipe coating for Dominion's gas-transmission business dating back to the 1970s. This contract alone will provide significant economic growth to the region beyond cleaner air, lower customer bills and jobs.”
Dura-Bond Vice President Jason Norris said producing about 540 miles of pipe ranging from 30 to 42 inches in outside diameter is the largest single order in his company’s history. The company will hire about 150 employees at its mill to run a second shift to meet the production demand.
"We are extremely pleased with such a large pipe order and are proud that the Atlantic Coast Pipeline partners have the faith and trust in us," Norris said. "Since 2006, we've produced nearly 200 miles of pipe for Dominion and are excited to secure this tremendous order. We have a lot of work ahead of us and we will be up for the task."
Norris said the contract reflects the impact energy exploration in the Marcellus Shale has on the region's economy.
"This increase in activity at Dura-Bond also means more business for our local suppliers whom we depend on and support whenever we can," Norris said. "So the trickle-down effect will be significant."