RICHMOND (WSLS 10) -Dominion Energy, the group behind the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline that would travel through Nelson County announced Wednesday its first manufacturing contract to build the pipeline.
Pending approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline signed an agreement totaling more than $400 million with Dura-Bond industries to produce steel pipe for the project.
If the pipeline is approved, Dura-Bond is scheduled to produce the pipe in Steelton, Pennsylvania beginning late 2015.
Dominion representatives say the project would create 150 jobs in that area.
Atlantic Coast Pipeline experts will file its FERC application late this summer. They expect to receive its FERC certificate in the summer of 2015 and begin construction shortly thereafter. The pipeline is expected to be in service by late 2018.
Dominion says the agreement was signed in advance of FERC's approval because of the time needed to find raw materials.
Producing about 540 miles of pipe ranging from 30-42 inches in diameter, this order is the largest single order in Dura-Bonds history.
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