EQT Midstream Partners has acquired the Allegheny Valley Connector transmission and storage system, along with several Marcellus gathering systems from EQT Corporation for US$275 million in cash.
EQM funded the acquisition with borrowings from its revolving credit facility. The acquisition was effective 1 October 2016 and is expected to be immediately accretive to EQM’s distributable cash flow per unit.
The Allegheny Valley Connector (AVC) is regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and includes approximately 209 miles of transmission pipeline and 11 Bcf of working gas storage capacity. The AVC system has 450 MMcf per day of transmission capacity and is fully contracted for the winter season by Peoples Natural Gas, one of Pennsylvania’s largest natural gas distribution companies, through a firm reservation commitment that expires in 2034. EQM expects to invest approximately $50 million in AVC related growth projects during the remainder of 2016 and into 2017. The AVC is expected to generate EBITDA of $31 million in 2017, increasing to $35 million in 2018.
The assets, consisting primarily of the Applegate, McIntosh, and Terra systems in Pennsylvania; and the Taurus system in West Virginia, include 87 miles of gathering pipeline, an estimated 7,000 hp of compression, and provide 370 MMcf a day of gathering capacity. EQT has committed to a total of 235 MMcf a day of firm capacity under a 10-year contract on the systems. EQM expects to invest approximately $105 million over the next few years to complete planned expansion projects, including the installation of 20 miles of gathering pipeline and four compressor units with 20,000 hp of compression.
On completion of the expansion projects, EQT’s total firm capacity will increase to 365 MMcf a day. The gathering systems are expected to generate EBITDA of $16 million in 2017, increasing to $30 million in 2018.

2nd November 2016