Rover Pipeline LLC secured authorization from FERC Tuesday to start up the remaining facilities listed in an April 13 in-service request, bringing the 713-mile, 3.25 Bcf/d project a step closer to full service.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff cleared the pipeline to start up its Vector Delivery Meter Station, Defiance Compressor Station and Market Segment, all part of the highly anticipated Appalachian takeaway project’s second and final phase.
Tuesday’s order comes a week after FERC authorized service for Rover’s Mainline Compressor Station 3 and part of its Mainline B.
“This in-service should allow around 1.3 Bcf/d of gas to be transported from Defiance to Vector, where Rover has approximately 950 MMcf/d of capacity reserved from their interconnect into the Michigan and Dawn area,” Genscape Inc. analyst Colette Breshears told clients Wednesday. Last week’s order approving the Mainline Compressor 3 and Mainline B segment “has not had a material impact” on the pipeline’s flows so far.
“The approval of the Vector/Market Lateral is not expected to affect the current upper bound of throughput volumes on the currently in-service Mainline A, which is expected to peak around 2 Bcf/d,” Breshears said. “In order to reach its full 3.25 Bcf/d capacity, Rover will need to bring on the remaining sections of Mainline B, which runs through central Ohio. Currently only one centrally located section of Mainline B has been approved for service.”
A February request to start up the Burgettstown Lateral to southwestern Pennsylvania has gone months without an affirmative response from FERC.
In March, FERC warned Rover about missed deadlines for restoration work on its Mainline Compressors 1 and 2, another regulatory run-in for a project that has faced scrutiny from the Commission and state agencies over a number of alleged environmental violations.
Rover finished bringing its first phase online at the end of last year and has recently been flowing more than 1.6 Bcf/d east-to-west across Ohio to interconnects with the Panhandle Eastern and ANR pipelines, according to NGI’s daily Rover Tracker.
Rover backer Energy Transfer Partners LP has said it plans to finish placing the project into service in stages during the second quarter.
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