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Energy Transfer Partner gets approval to start partial compressor service on Rover Pipeline

EBR Staff Writer Published 10 October 2017

Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) has secured the approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to begin operations at three compressor units on the $4.2bn Rover pipeline.

The three units are at the Mainline Compressor Station 1 located in Ohio’s Carroll County.

With the commencement of operation of compression units, the phase 1A of the Rover gas pipeline can now transport over 1 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from Cadiz to Defiance in Ohio.

The company says that this would take the 1147km-long pipeline closer towards reaching 3.25 billion cubic feet per day which is its design total.

Phase 1A had commenced operations in late August while Phase 1B of the Rover pipeline is expected to be completed by the year end.

The Rover pipeline project which is being built by HoldCo and Rover Pipeline is slated to be in full service by the end of Q1 2018.

It will supply natural gas sourced from processing plants in the Marcellus and Utica Shale areas to the US markets and also into Union Gas Dawn Storage Hub in Ontario, Canada. For this, 12 locations in West Virginia, Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania have been marked as the source of natural gas for the pipeline project.

The Rover pipeline project will also see construction of a total of six new compressor stations in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Put together, the estimated capacity of the compression stations has been planned to be 73,300hp.

In August, ETP had signed a deal to divest 32.44% stake in an entity associated with the Rover pipeline project to Blackstone for $1.57bn.