Atlantic Coast Pipeline costs tip $7 billion

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Constructions costs for the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline between North Carolina and West Virginia have increased from $6.5 billion to $7 billion.

Apparently, additional costs stem from permitting delays and an August stop-work order issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. That order was rescinded after issues concerning rights of way through national park lands were resolved.

Construction Dive reports crews are now working on mainline construction in West Virginia and North Carolina and are busy with tree-felling activities in those states and in Virginia.

Duke Energy expects to put the pipeline into service in phases, with everything ready by late 2019 to meet winter’s demands. The company plans to have the remaining sections in service by mid-2020.

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