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FERC treating compressor on Rover pipeline as an expansion

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission told Energy Transfer Partners LP's Rover Pipeline LLC that it will conduct a separate environmental review for a new compressor on the Rover natural gas pipeline project on top of the environmental review already completed for the pipeline.

In an Aug. 4 notice, FERC gave Rover Pipeline notice that it intends to prepare an environmental assessment for the Majorsville compressor station amendment. The commission said the notice opens the scoping process on the project. The commission asked the company to provide information on potential environmental effects, project alternatives and mitigation measures by Sept. 4, which are requests the commission makes when it is preparing an environmental review for any gas transportation project.

FERC did not list a publication date for the new environmental review. The decision to treat the proposed changes to the Rover project as a separate expansion could mean this part would go into service after the two phases of the original project. Energy Transfer has listed a partial in-service date at the end of summer for the project's first phase, and expects the second phase of the project to be online by November. The Rover project has had several construction incidents that led FERC and Ohio regulators to investigate construction methods and the demolition of a house eligible for historical listing.

FERC determined in the Feb. 2 certificate order authorizing the original Rover pipeline that project sponsors could not file additional or amended requests for changes to the project under the blanket authorization usually provided by a certificate. Instead, the agency said it would consider such requests on a case-by-case basis.

In May, Rover Pipeline asked for a variance from its FERC certificate that would allow it to add 100 MMcf/d of capacity at a compressor station in West Virginia. In the amendment, Rover Pipeline would install a third compressor unit at the Majorsville compressor station, expanding the compressor station and the Majorsville meter station's point capacity from 300 MMcf/d to 400 MMcf/d. All of the additional capacity has been contracted in an agreement with Range Resources Corp. In spite of the additional capacity at the compressor station, the Rover project's overall 3.25-Bcf/d capacity would not increase, the pipeline company said. (FERC dockets CP15-93 and CP17-464)