Rover Pipeline still awaiting FERC approval to begin operations

Rover Pipeline has filed additional information in hopes of convincing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to allow the natural gas pipeline across northern Ohio to begin commercial service ASAP, Kallanish Energy reports.

In a three-page letter, the company said work on the project is “proceeding satisfactorily” and that a number of problems along the pipeline route have been corrected.

It had asked FERC to approve limited commercial service by Aug. 28, so that such service could begin by Sept. 1 on the 190-mile main pipeline from eastern Ohio to Defiance in northwest Ohio, along with two laterals.

No action has been taken by FERC.

Rover Pipeline also noted FERC had submitted a series of additional requirements to the company on Aug. 22. Those conditions relate to future construction so the company’s request for FERC to approve Phase 1 should remain separate, the company said.

The company said it would respond to FERC’s Aug. 22 letter early this week. No response has yet been filed.

Rover Pipeline, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, said it would introduce natural gas to “purge and pack” Phase 1 of the Rover pipeline, starting Aug. 26.

In a related development, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it has accepted FERC’s invitation to oversee the Rover Pipeline’s expansion at the Majorsville Compressor Station in Marshall County, W. Va. The plan calls for adding a 3,550-horsepower unit. EPA said it will assist on the project’s Environmental Assessment.

The 711-mile pipeline will carry natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays to the Midwest, Canada and the Gulf Coast. The $4.2 billion pipeline would move up to 3.25 billion cubic feet per day.

Phase 2 from Defiance north into Michigan and Ontario will not be fully constructed until late November or early December, and the company expects full commercial operations to begin in January.