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Gathering company Ohio River System LLC applied for federal authorization that would let it provide 150,000 MMBtu/d of natural gas transportation service for its Energy Transfer Partners LP sibling Rover Pipeline LLC that would allow Rover's producer customers to deliver gas to Rockies Express Pipeline LLC.

In an application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Ohio River System proposed to use its gathering facilities to provide interstate transportation service, via displacement, to allow Rover shippers to get gas to Rockies Express, or REX. FERC provided an Aug. 10 notice of Ohio River System's Aug. 3 abbreviated application for a limited jurisdiction certificate from FERC.

Like the Rover system, REX travels west from the Marcellus Shale region, but on a more southerly path. Unlike Rover, which is under construction, REX is in operation. Ohio River System asked FERC to grant authorization by Oct. 18, prior to Rover's expected in service date. On an Aug. 9 earnings call, Energy Transfer executives said they expect the Rover pipeline project's first phase to be in service by the end of 2017 and the entire project to be ready for full commercial service in January 2018.

"Rover is not currently planning to interconnect directly with the REX mainline," Ohio River System said in its application. "Accordingly, absent approval of the service proposed herein, Rover’s producer-shippers could not directly access the REX mainline without the construction of additional facilities."

Ohio River System has entered a four-year transportation service agreement with Rover. Ohio River System is owned by Energy Transfer, Energy Transfer affiliates and a Traverse Midstream Partners LLC subsidiary.

The Rover pipeline would interconnect with Ohio River System near Cadiz, Ohio. Ohio River System gathers natural gas in Jefferson, Belmont, Monroe and Harrison counties in Ohio. The system consists of a 55-mile spine of mixed 36-inch-diameter and 30-inch-diameter pipeline. It receives gas along its length and also gets gas at the tailgate of the MarkWest Energy Partners LP cryogenic processing plant in Cadiz for delivery into the interstate pipeline systems of REX, Texas Eastern Transmission LP and Rover Pipeline, when it is complete. (FERC dockets CP17-482, CP15-93)