A Dominion and Piedmont Natural Gas partnership has applied to build a $497 million natural gas pipeline that will create critical new links between the Mid-Atlantic/Southeast regions and major gas supplies in Canada, Appalachia and Mid-Continent regions. New links would also be created with the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf coast regions. As outlined in an application filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the 280-mile Greenbrier Pipeline would originate in Kanawha County, W.Va., and extend southeast to Granville County, N.C. The planned route has been mapped by the partnership during nearly two years of meetings with local governments, landowners, customers and other stakeholders. The pipeline is expected to enter service in mid-2005 with capacity to move more than 580 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. The partners, operating as Greenbrier Pipeline Company, LLC, said the pipeline will generate substantial new economic growth opportunities. It will open new expansion opportunities for local distribution companies, new power supply projects, energy marketing companies, and industrial customers seeking a broader range of competitive gas suppliers. Dominion owns 67 percent of the pipeline partnership, Piedmont Natural Gas 33 percent. The pipeline will be designed, constructed and operated by Dominion Transmission Inc. Through its connection to Dominion Transmission, Greenbrier Pipeline will also create connections to the Tennessee and Columbia interstate pipelines.