Energy Transfer Partners has received federal approval to resume work on the Rover Pipeline project in Ohio. The company announced Sept. 19 that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved a request to resume horizontal directional drilling (HDD) operations along the project right of way.
Drilling operations on nine HDD locations approved by the FERC are expected to begin within the week, with an emphasis on the Captina Creek HDD in Belmont County, Ohio. The completion of this section will allow the full Phase 1 portion of Rover from Seneca to Defiance, Ohio, to be placed into service by the end of the year.
Phase 1A of the Rover Pipeline from Cadiz, Ohio, to Defiance successfully put into service on Aug. 31.
When completed, the 713-mile pipeline will transport up to 3.25 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale production areas to markets across the United States, as well as into Union Gas Dawn Storage Hub in Ontario, Canada.
The Rover Pipeline project will continue to work with FERC to adhere to the requirements outlined in its approval. Energy Transfer expects to place the full project into service by the end of the first quarter of 2018.
Energy Transfer Partners is a master limited partnership that owns and operates one of the largest and most diversified portfolios of energy assets in the United States. Strategically positioned in all of the major U.S. production basins, the company owns and operates a geographically diverse portfolio of complementary natural gas midstream, intrastate and interstate transportation and storage assets; crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGL) and refined product transportation and terminal assets; NGL fractionation; and various acquisition and marketing assets.
Energy Transfer Partners’ general partner is owned by Energy Transfer Equity LP, a master limited partnership that also owns 100 percent of the incentive distribution rights (IDRs) of Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco LP. Energy Transfer Equity also owns Lake Charles LNG Co.