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To serve Suffolk community, Virginia Natural Gas seeks additional delivery station on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Nov. 8, 2018 – Virginia Natural Gas announced today that it has submitted a request to Dominion Energy to add a delivery station to connect to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) in Suffolk, Virginia. The delivery station plans to deliver natural gas to meet the community’s existing energy demand and support economic growth.

The City of Suffolk’s Economic Development Department estimates the community has lost out on approximately $4 billion in new investments and 11,000 jobs due to the lack of access to natural gas supply. 

“Ample supplies of natural gas and electricity are essential foundations to job growth,” said James K. Spore, president and CEO of Reinvent Hampton Roads. “Many of the region’s quality sites available to accommodate the business expansion or relocation that would bring that growth are located within the area to be served by the proposed Virginia Natural Gas’ facilities.”

“As the demand for energy continues to grow in Suffolk and beyond, this additional delivery station will help ensure we meet our commitment to provide clean, safe, reliable, affordable natural gas for our customers who count on us, as well as the communities where it is critical for their growth,” said Jim Kibler, president of Virginia Natural Gas. “Our customers deserve natural gas and electricity they can depend on at a cost they can afford.” 

Southern Company Gas, parent company to Virginia Natural Gas, is both an investor in and a customer of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The 600-mile underground pipeline is being constructed by Dominion Energy and will originate in West Virginia and travel through Virginia with a lateral extending into Chesapeake, Virginia. The Virginia Natural Gas delivery station in Suffolk would complement the planned terminus in Chesapeake, Virginia. The exact location is to be determined and is subject to final agreement terms by ACP. For more information about the project, visit atlanticcoastpipeline.com.

“The additional supply of natural gas service into Suffolk and Hampton Roads is critical to meet the existing and future demand of our business community," said Suffolk Mayor Linda T. Johnson. “The actions being taken here locally speak volumes about the proactive measures we are enacting to welcome new private investment and job creation.”

About Virginia Natural Gas
Virginia Natural Gas is one of four natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Virginia Natural Gas provides natural gas service to nearly 300,000 customers in southeast Virginia. Virginia Natural Gas has been recognized as one of the safest, most reliable and customer-focused natural gas service providers and is consistently ranked in the top quartile for customer satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates. In 2017, Virginia Natural Gas earned the Most Trusted Brand recognition from Market Strategies International’s Cogent Report™ study, and for the second consecutive year was named Local Distribution Company of the Year by the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and the Virginia Oil and Gas Association. For more information, visit virginianaturalgas.com and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.

About Southern Company Gas
Southern Company Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:SO), America’s premier energy company.  Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.2 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in four states with 774,000 retail customers through its companies that market natural gas. Other nonutility businesses include investments in interstate pipelines, asset management for natural gas wholesale customers and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit Southern Company Gas at southerncompanygas.com.

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