West Virginia allows ETP to Resume Work on Rover NG Pipeline
Rover Pipeline, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, has received authorization from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) to resume work on the Sherwood Lateral. According to the WVDEP, the cease and desist order, issued March 7, was lifted last week.
The ruling marks the third positive development for the project in the last two weeks. Last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted Rover permission to commence operations on the Market Zone North Segment, and, on April 25, the commission ruled the company could place in service a new compressor station and a 51-mile pipeline segment connecting it to one of the two compressor stations already approved.
Phase 1 of the partnership’s $4.2 billion project was also placed into service in segments, with portions starting operations in August and December of 2017. Since December, Rover has transported up to 1.7 Bcf/d of natural gas from Marion Township in Noble County, Ohio, to Tiffin Township in Defiance, Ohio.
Upon expected completion in the second quarter of this year, the 713-mile system will be capable of transporting 3.25 Bcf/d of natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale production areas to markets across the United States and to the Union Gas Dawn Storage Hub in Ontario, Canada.
In a project update released two weeks ago, ETP said it has “successfully completed 98% of the HDDs needed for the project and is more than 99% complete with the total project construction.”
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