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Rover Pipeline asks FERC to approve more mainline for service

Rover Pipeline LLC asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for authorization to begin operations on additional facilities of the nearly complete 3.25-Bcf/d natural gas pipeline project from West Virginia to Canada.

The Energy Transfer Partners LP subsidiary filed the request on May 14. It sought approval from FERC's Office of Energy Projects to begin service on supply connector line B and portions of mainline B. Rover asked the commission to issue the authorization before May 21.

Energy Transfer spokesperson Alexis Daniel said the company has not released the gas transportation capacity information for the additional segments. "We continue to work with FERC on restoration efforts along the entire route, and are completing final tie-ins and punch list items to bring several remaining laterals in service," she said.

The mainline B portions would include sections between mainline compressor station 1 and mainline compressor station 2, and between mainline compressor station 3 and the Defiance compressor station in Ohio. The entirety of mainline B consists of 183.3 miles of 42-inch-diameter pipe in Ohio, running parallel to mainline A. FERC approved service on the project's mainline A on Aug. 31 and a portion of mainline B between compressor stations 2 and 3 on April 25.

Supply connector line B is one of two parallel supply laterals in Ohio. The supply connector line consists of 18.8 miles of 42-inch-diameter pipe, beginning at a tie-in in Harrison County, Ohio, and running north to the mainline compressor station 1 and interconnections with mainlines A and B in Carroll County, Ohio.

On May 7, Rover asked FERC to place a West Virginia-to-Ohio lateral into service.

Rover could see delays in service authorizations after stumbling over hurdles with both the commission and Ohio. In March FERC cited Rover for problems with restoration activities at two compressor stations, cautioning that reviews of future in-service requests would be impacted by Rover's commitment to the sites' restoration. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency asked the commission on May 8 to keep a close eye on developer activities after finding a particular pollutant in waste drilling fluids.

The 511-mile pipeline will carry Marcellus and Utica shale supplies to Michigan and Canadian markets. Rover expects full commercial service to begin within the second quarter of 2018. Partial service on the pipeline began in late August 2017 and has increased incrementally since then. The project is currently transporting over 2 Bcf/d of gas. (FERC docket CP15-93)