Columbia Gas Pipeline | Giles, Virginia


The Celanese natural gas pipeline project was a unique natural gas pipeline project that required increased natural gas service to the Celanese plant in Giles County, Virginia. The project required the construction of a 3.5 mile long 12 through a portion of the Jefferson Nation Forest with the daunting task of construction up and over Peters Mountain.

Townes helped coordinate Columbia Gas of Virginia (CGV) securing a permit to construction in the National Park. This task was further complicated by the crossing of the Appalachian Trail (AT) in two locations. Townes and CGV were able to work with National Park and AT to relocate the trail to a more favorable location. Townes obtained site plan, erosion control plan and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) approvals by the local and state municipalities for the Point Delivery Station (POD), the GMB facility and the overall pipeline. The Townes team obtained approval of the wetland limits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as securing a nationwide permit for minor impacts associated with the proposed project. During the construction of the pipeline and facilities, the Townes team provided erosion control inspections as required by the SWPPP and CGV construction standards. Townes also completed material testing and building inspections for structures completed at the POD and GMB facilities. Townes coordinated these activities with government agencies, the Forest Service and Columbia Gas to keep the project in compliance with all applicable state and federal permit requirements.

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