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FERC OKs Rover Meter Station Proposed as Secondary Receipt Point for Range

FERC on Wednesday issued a certificate order approving a new meter station designed to allow Rover Pipeline LLC to tap additional supplies out of eastern Ohio via its Burgettstown Lateral.

The proposed UGS-Crawford Meter Station would receive up to 350,000 Dth/d from an interconnect with gathering assets operated by Utica Gas Services LLC (UGS). UGS would build 5,060 feet of 12-inch diameter pipe to connect to the station, while Rover has proposed building an ultrasonic meter skid and other ancillary facilities in Jefferson County near Mile Post 30.5 of its Burgettstown line, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission documents show.

The project, estimated to cost $4.7 million, will be located within the existing Burgettstown Lateral right-of-way.

According to FERC’s certificate order, Range Resources Appalachia LLC plans to use the UGS-Crawford station as a secondary receipt point into the supply area of Rover’s system.

“Range Resources will compensate UGS for its costs, and the costs incurred by Rover, for metering facilities constructed at the Burgettstown Lateral receipt point,” according to FERC.

The Burgettstown Lateral is among several supply laterals still awaiting FERC’s authorization to enter service. The line has been ready for service since February, according to Rover, but Commission staff have held back certain in-service authorizations in an apparent response to delays in completing restoration work on the 713-mile, 3.25 Bcf/d greenfield project.

For its part, Rover has criticized FERC for withholding the authorizations, attributing the restoration issues to weather-related factors beyond its control.

Since starting full-service on its Mainline B earlier this year, Rover has been flowing more than 2 Bcf/d east-to-west out of the Appalachian Basin to interconnects with the ANR and Panhandle Eastern pipelines in Defiance, OH, and with the Vector Pipeline in Michigan, NGI’s daily Rover Tracker shows.

Rover backer Energy Transfer, which recently announced plans to simplify its corporate structure through a tie-up of affiliates Energy Transfer Equity LP and Energy Transfer Partners LP, is scheduled to discuss 2Q2018 results during a 9 a.m. ET conference call with analysts and investors Thursday.

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