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Rover Cleared to Start Up Second Mainline Compressor, Grow Capacity to 2 Bcf/d

FERC on Wednesday authorized Rover Pipeline LLC to bring its Mainline Compressor Station 2 in Ohio into service, raising total project capacity to just over 2 Bcf/d as the designed 3.25 Bcf/d interstate pipeline readies for full service later this year.

In a letter order posted to the project docket, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff gave Rover the go-ahead to start up the approximately 38,000 hp station, which is located in Wayne County, OH.

In a request submitted earlier this month, Rover said it had finished installing and commissioning the station’s six units. The additional compression will grow Rover’s mainline capacity to 2,015 MMcf/d “and enhance its operational efficiency,” the pipeline told FERC.

Rover, a greenfield project designed to deliver additional volumes of Marcellus and Utica shale gas across Ohio to reach markets in the Midwest, Gulf Coast and Canada, has been flowing around 1.5-1.6 Bcf/d recently, according to NGI’s daily Rover Tracker. The project’s full designed capacity, once completed, will be double that amount.

Backer Energy Transfer Partners LP has said it plans to bring the 713-mile, $4.2 billion pipeline into full service by the end of March.

Earlier this month, Rover requested authorization to place its Burgettstown Lateral into service, which would connect Southwest Pennsylvania volumes to the project’s mainline path.

Prior to that, Rover encountered a regulatory setback when FERC temporarily halted work on the project’s second horizontal directional drill under the Tuscarawas River in Stark County, OH, where a roughly 2 million gallon drilling fluids spill occurred last year.

Energy Transfer has scheduled a conference call at 9 a.m. EDT Thursday to discuss 4Q2017 results.

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