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ETP Rover start-up delayed to 2Q

22 Feb 2018 21:23 GMT
ETP Rover start-up delayed to 2Q

Houston, 22 February (Argus) — Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) said its Rover natural gas pipeline will not reach completion until the second quarter, up to three months later than its earlier estimate.

The 3.25 Bcf/d (92mn m³/d) pipeline to connect Appalachian shale gas to pipeline interconnects in West Virginia and markets in Ohio, Michigan and Ontario, Canada, has seen multiple delays and regulatory setbacks during construction.

The most recent delay came from a federal order to halt horizontal directional drilling for the line under the Tuscarawas river in Ohio. The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on 6 February approved ETP to resume drilling under the river, and construction on the full project is now 99pc complete.

The pipeline in August began partial service of 1 Bcf/d from Cadiz to Defiance, Ohio. Capacity on that segment of the project has now risen to 1.7 Bcf/d, ETP said today during an earnings call.

ETP will soon request permission from FERC to put pipeline laterals and compression into service over the next few months, allowing it to ramp up to full capacity, chief financial officer Tom Long said.