A new pipeline shipping up to 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from the Utica and Marcellus shale regions is being planned by the Texas-based intrastate natural gas pipeline operator Energy Transfer. If approved by the Federal Energy Regulator Commission, this will be the second interstate pipeline running through Stark County.
The Rover Pipeline Project will enable the flow of natural gas from processing plants and interconnections in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio to point of interconnection with Energy Transfer’s existing Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line and other Midwest pipeline interconnects near Defiance, Ohio.
Additionally, according to the project website, the Rover Pipeline Project expects to construct a segment from the Defiance, Ohio area through Michigan and ultimately to the Union Gas Hub, near Sarnia Canada providing producers with access to diverse markets and end-users in Michigan and Canada with access to Marcellus and Utica supplies.
The Rover Pipeline Project as currently proposed will consist of approximately 380 miles of 36-inch and 42-inch diameter mainline pipeline, the installation of approximately 194,000 horsepower at five new mainline compressor stations, and construction of six new meter stations along the mainline pipeline, and the construction of approximately 197 miles of 24, 36 and 42-inch diameter supply laterals, approximately 38,000 horsepower at five new compressor stations, and various new meter stations in the supply areas.
The mainline from Leesville to Defiance is expected to open by December 2016. The section between Defiance and the Union Gas Hub in Canada would begin serving the Michigan and Ontario markets in June 2017.
American Energy-Utica, Antero Resources and Range Resources will be the largest shippers on the Rover pipeline, according to an Energy Transfer press release. Energy Transfer is based in Dallas, Texas.
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