The U.S. federal government has approved an Energy Transfer Partners LP project to move natural gas from the Appalachian region to the Midwest and Canada.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved Rover Pipeline LLC’s application to construct and operate the Rover Pipeline project. The order, issued Feb. 2, allows Rover to move forward with its pipeline. Rover, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer, has already notified the commission that it has accepted the certificate. The order also approved the company’s proposed tariff rates without modification.
Consistent with its previous statements, Rover anticipates it can meet its targeted in-service goals of July 2017 for Phase I and November 2017 for Phase II.
The Rover Pipeline project consists of new interstate pipeline and related facilities extending from the Appalachian supply area to a proposed interconnection with Vector Pipeline LP in Livingston County, Michigan. The Rover Pipeline will transport up to 3.25 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of domestically-produced natural gas to markets in the Midwest, Northeast, East Coast, Gulf Coast and Canada, with direct deliveries to Ohio, West Virginia, Michigan, and into the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada, which has a broader network of distribution points back into the United States.
The approximate $4.2 billion pipeline will gather gas from processing plants in West Virginia, eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania for delivery to the Midwest Hub near Defiance, Ohio, where roughly 68 percent of the gas will be delivered via interconnects with existing pipelines in Ohio and West Virginia for distribution to markets across the United States.
The remaining 32 percent of the natural gas will be delivered to markets in Michigan via the Vector pipeline, which has established delivery points to local distribution companies and the vast Michigan storage fields throughout the state. Additionally, Vector will transport natural gas that is not delivered to Michigan markets on to the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada.
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. The company’s subsidiaries include Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Co. LP (the successor of Southern Union Co.) and Lone Star NGL LLC, which owns and operates natural gas liquids storage, fractionation and transportation assets. In total, Energy Transfer currently owns and operates more than 62,500 miles of natural gas and natural gas liquids pipelines.