Pipeline may be allowed to cross industrial megasite to deliver natural gas from Chatham, Va., to central N.C.
The RIFA board voted 4-0 during its regular meeting Monday to authorize the county administrator and Danville's city manager to further negotiate a deal with the company that would grant an easement and pipeline right of way through part of the industrial park.
RIFA, which owns the 3,500-acre megasite, is negotiating the financial part of the agreement as well as how and where the pipeline would be built in the park.
"We want to make sure it's in a spot not detrimental to development of the property," said Bob Warren , the chairman of the RIFA board.
The pipeline, known as Southgate, is a project by Mountain Valley Pipeline in Delaware that would run about 75 miles from a compressor station in Chatham, Va. , into central North Carolina , according to the MVP Southgate website.
The $468 million MVP Southgate project would move natural gas from Chatham south to new delivery points in Rockingham and Alamance counties in North Carolina , according to the website.
"This is not a county or RIFA project," said Matt Rowe , Pittsylvania County's director of economic development.
The Southgate line would run parallel to an existing Transco pipeline that has been in the ground since the 1950s, Rowe said.
Construction has not yet begun on the Southgate project, he said. It is expected to be completed next year.
The RIFA's attorney, Michael Guanzon , told the Danville Register & Bee that most of the agreement between RIFA and Mountain Valley Pipeline is in place.
"We're probably 95% there," Guanzon said after the RIFA board meeting at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research .