Projects like Cove Point LNG have been on the horizon for so long that Don Raikes’ simple declaration at the recent Marcellus-Utica Midstream Conference drew a few gasps.

“Our projected in-service date is early March 2018, very soon,” said Raikes, senior vice president for Dominion Midstream Operations’ gas infrastructure group. “We made our first LNG two days ago.”

The conversion of Dominion’s 1,000-acre facility from import facility to major bi-directional terminal was not just going to happen but was happening.