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Update: FERC lets Rover Pipeline start up laterals, compressor stations

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission allowed Energy Transfer Partners LP to commence service on all phase one natural gas laterals and compressor stations on its 3.25-Bcf, 511-mile Rover Pipeline LLC transportation project providing takeaway capacity from the Marcellus and Utica shales.

On Dec. 15, FERC granted Rover's Dec. 1 request to begin service on the Berne, Seneca and Clarington laterals and the Clarington, Seneca and Cadiz compressor stations in Ohio, as well as seven meter stations. Rover had asked for the authorization by Dec. 14 but had supplemented its original request.

These new Rover Phase 1 facilities will expand supply access on the pipeline, now capable of delivering up to 1.7 Bcf/d, but downstream delivery meters in markets outside the Northeast will be largely unchanged by the additional facilities.

The authorization allowed Rover to add major components to the operational sections of the $4.2 billion pipeline project. FERC began to authorize service on the system in August and on Dec. 8 allowed Rover to begin service on the last compressor units at its Mainline Compressor Station 1 in Carroll County, Ohio. According to Alexis Daniel, a spokeswoman for Energy Transfer, full commercial service on the whole project is still expected to begin at the end of the first quarter of 2018.

With all phase one facilities in service, project shippers have access to six additional receipt points from Seneca through Clarington areas of the Marcellus and Utica supply basins with an incremental receipt capacity of 2.45 Bcf/d, according to a Dec. 15 Energy Transfer statement.

The Rover project will eventually reach points in Midwest and Canadian markets, but currently delivers all gas on its system to two pipeline interconnects with ANR Pipeline Co. and Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Co. LP in Defiance, Ohio. Flows on Rover have gone as high as 1.2 Bcf/d in early November.

A FERC hold on horizontal drilling, put in place after spills of drilling fluid earlier in the year, has delayed the project. The commission has gradually released the hold at various drilling locations, and on Dec. 14, FERC let Rover move forward with remaining horizontal drilling activities at eight locations on the pipeline. (FERC docket CP15-93)