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Rover crews work through cold holiday week as other Marcellus gas projects pause

Some pipeline construction crews took off for the holiday week but others kept going in the eastern U.S. as winter cold gripped the Marcellus Shale and surrounding regions, making construction more difficult and driving the prices for natural gas futures higher.

Energy Transfer Partners LP spokeswoman Vicki Granado said construction crews are working during the post-Christmas week on the company's $4.2 billion Rover Pipeline LLC transmission project, which will run from the Marcellus Shale across the Midwest. She said it was on schedule. Full commercial service on the entire project is expected to begin before the second quarter of 2018.

Parts of the 3.25-Bcf, 511-mile Rover pipeline are in operation. FERC has allowed Rover to begin service on all phase one laterals and compressor stations.

Williams Partners LP's Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC told FERC in weekly reports for the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline expansion project on its interstate natural gas system that "all activities except for the monitoring and maintenance of soil erosion and sediment controls are scheduled to cease for the holidays from Friday 12/22/17 to Tuesday 1/2/18."

Williams spokesman Christopher Stockton said overall construction on Atlantic Sunrise was "more than 20% complete." Construction in Pennsylvania on the roughly 200-mile greenfield pipeline portion of the project is on schedule, and Williams is targeting a mid-2018 in-service date. The approximately $3 billion expansion is designed to increase gas deliveries by 1.7 Bcf/d, connecting Marcellus Shale gas to markets in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast.

Nexus Gas Transmission LLC, the developer of another westward takeaway project for the Marcellus Shale that is a joint venture of Enbridge Inc. and DTE Energy Co., told FERC that no construction activities on pipeline spreads or compressor stations were planned for the holiday week in a status report filed Dec. 28. The developer also reported that it was in compliance with its FERC certificate order and related construction plans. The 256.6-mile pipeline will carry up to 1.5 Bcf/d of gas.