Mountain Valley projects 70-pecent completion by end of year

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WDBJ7) -- Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC expects to have about 70 percent of the project complete by year's end, supporting its target of a fourth-quarter 2019 full-service date, according to a release from the company.

Mountain Valley also said the construction update reaffirmed its project cost estimate of $4.6 billion.

The Mountain Valley Pipeline is a 300-mile (483-kilometer) natural gas pipeline that is being constructed in West Virginia and much of Southwest Virginia.

Mountain Valley's 70-percent completion estimate includes the welding of nearly 58 percent of the pipeline and the ongoing construction work of all compressor stations and interconnects that are expected to be complete by February, the release stated.

“Construction of MVP began in February 2018 and, despite various setbacks and unprecedented weather conditions, we have made substantial progress this year," Diana Charletta, Chief Operating Officer of Equitrans Midstream Corporation, said in the release. "We appreciate the expertise and oversight of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, as well as other state and federal agencies that have helped guide our construction activities."