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Rover Tells FERC Phase 2 Compression, Mainline and Market Segments Ready for Service

Rover Pipeline LLC told FERC Friday that it is ready to start up a host of facilities needed for the final phase of the 3.25 Bcf/d natural gas project and asked for authorization to enter service by the last week of April.

In a filing to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Rover said its Mainline Compressor Station 3, Defiance Compressor Station, part of its Mainline B, all of its Market Segment and its Vector Delivery Meter Station are completed and ready for service.

“Rover respectfully requests that the Commission promptly issue an Order granting commencement of service by April 25 so that its shippers can make the requisite contractual and operational arrangements to flow natural gas on the Rover Pipeline system,” the pipeline told FERC. “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.”

Friday’s request accounts for a substantial portion of the remaining facilities for Rover’s final Phase 2. Rover finished its Phase 1 -- including its Mainline A running east-to-west across Ohio and a number of supply laterals -- late last year.

Rover backer Energy Transfer Partners LP said during a 4Q2017 earnings conference call that it expected to bring the remaining portions of the highly anticipated 713-mile Appalachian takeaway pipeline into service in increments during the second quarter.

But in a potential sign of more regulatory headaches for the project, a February request to place its Burgettstown Lateral into service has gone roughly two months without an affirmative response from FERC.

In a March 26 letter, Commission staff warned Rover that further in-service authorizations for the project could be impacted after the operator failed to complete restoration work on time for the Mainline Compressor Stations 1 and 2.

On April 6, Rover notified FERC that it had completed additional restoration work at the Mainline 1 and 2 compressor sites, addressing issues raised in the March 26 letter.

Rover, designed to transport Marcellus and Utica shale volumes out of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to markets in the Midwest, Gulf Coast and into the Dawn Hub in Ontario, has been flowing around 1.4 Bcf/d into interconnects with the Panhandle Eastern and ANR pipelines, according to NGI’s daily Rover Tracker.

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