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Rover Pipeline points to weather for delays in FERC-ordered restoration work

In response to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission concerns, Rover Pipeline LLC said restoration work around two mainline compressor stations for the 3.25-Bcf/d natural gas pipeline project was delayed because of inclement weather and necessary additional construction work.

Rover said in a March 28 filing that if the sites for the project's Mainline compressor stations 1 and 2 in Ohio continue to have dry weather, it expects to complete restoration activities by April 30. The remaining activities include restoration of one of two parking areas, removal of construction trailers, incomplete graveling of work space at one of the compressor station facilities, and the installation of gravel and rock in the drainage channel.

Restoration work of construction areas for the project was a condition of the Rover certificate order, which FERC issued in February 2017.

In a March 26 letter to the Energy Transfer Partners LP subsidiary, FERC staff said they were troubled by the delay and demanded additional information within two days. The commission staff also said future in-service requests from the developer could be affected by Rover's response.

The commission first permitted partial service for the project in August 2017, and since then, Rover has placed more facilities into service, including all first-phase laterals and compressor stations that provide takeaway capacity from the Marcellus and Utica shales. The developer also secured permission to begin service at Mainline compressor station 1 on Dec. 8, 2017, and station 2 on Feb. 21, 2018.

The project has a current capacity of over 2 Bcf/d and is awaiting authorization to begin service on a second, 42-inch-diameter mainline; five more compressor stations; and four remaining pipeline laterals. (FERC docket CP15-93)