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Rover Pipeline asks permission to place last 2 laterals into service

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Rover Pipeline asks permission to place last 2 laterals into service

Rover Pipeline LLC asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for approval to place its remaining two laterals in service so its shippers can begin delivering "stranded" natural gas supplies to Midwest markets.

Rover sought authorization to begin service on the 3.25-Bcf/d pipeline's Sherwood and CGT laterals, as well as the Sherwood compressor station, Sherwood receipt meter station and CGT delivery meter station, according to an Aug. 31 filing. Rover said the facilities are "mechanically complete" with equipment such as gas coolers, emergency shutdown facilities and fire and gas detection equipment fully installed and functional.

The Energy Transfer Partners LP unit requested to start up the facilities by Sept. 15 to allow shippers time to make contractual and operational arrangements. "Rover's shippers have urgently requested Rover to place these facilities in service to allow their stranded natural gas supplies to be transported to Midwest markets," Rover said in the filing.

Rover also noted that restoration of the remaining ground movement areas outside of the construction right-of-way for the CGT lateral would be completed by Dec. 18 and for the Sherwood lateral by Jan. 2, 2019.

FERC previously gave Rover permission to place its Majorsville and Burgettstown laterals, which added 850 MMcf/d of transportation capacity on the pipeline. Prior to construction and restoration delays, the $4.2 billion pipeline project was scheduled to enter into full commercial service by the end of the second quarter. (FERC docket CP15-93)