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Rover Asks to Start Up Final Laterals as Majorsville Volumes Ramp

Rover Pipeline LLC has asked FERC for authorization to start service on its last remaining supply laterals as the operator approaches the end of construction on its 713-mile, 3.25 Bcf/d Appalachian takeaway project.

Rover told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in a filing Friday that its Sherwood and CGT laterals are mechanically complete and ready for service. Rover also asked for authorization to start up its Sherwood Compressor Station and two meter stations associated with the lines.

The Sherwood Lateral would run roughly 54 miles from eastern Ohio into West Virginia to draw supplies from MarkWest Energy Partners LP’s Sherwood processing facility. The CGT Lateral would extend about six miles from the Sherwood line to an interconnect with Columbia Gas Transmission. Rover asked FERC to issue authorization in time to place the facilities in service by Sept. 15.

“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,” the operator told FERC.

One notable shipper that stands to benefit from the start-up of the remaining Rover laterals is Antero Resources Corp. Management for the Denver-based producer said during a 2Q2018 earnings conference call that it expects to deliver additional volumes of gas into the Midwest once the Sherwood Lateral enters service.

The start-up requests for Sherwood and CGT come days after FERC authorized Rover to place the Majorsville and Burgettstown laterals into service, an order that arrived after months of delays stemming from restoration issues along the project route.

Rover said it expects to complete “rehabilitation and restoration of the remaining ground movement areas outside of the construction right-of-way” for the CGT Lateral by Dec. 18, with restoration for the Sherwood Lateral on track to wrap up by Jan. 2. That timetable tracks closely with the schedule for repairing slips along the Majorsville and Burgettstown lines, according to a detailed status report from Rover last week that helped secure FERC’s blessing to start service for those facilities.

Volumes on Rover’s Majorsville line ramped up over the long holiday weekend, according to Genscape Inc. analyst Vanessa Witte.

“Rover’s Majorsville location increased scheduled capacity from 85 MMcf/d on Friday to 354 MMcf/d through the Labor Day weekend” and for Tuesday’s gas day, Witte said. “Cumulative receipts onto Rover also increased and went from an average of 2.2 Bcf/d in August to 2.8 Bcf/d on Sept. 1, with other notable changes in nominations at Berne, Clarington-Eureka and Sundance. Deliveries increased correspondingly to Vector and Panhandle.”

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