Early Rover Pipeline Volumes a Sign of Growth to Come as ETP Presses for Permission to Drill

From NGI:
Now that Energy Transfer Partners LP's (ETP) Rover Pipeline is officially up and running, offering more than 700 MMcf/d out of eastern Ohio, the market is getting its first taste of the project's potential impact on Appalachian production and pricing. 
After receiving in-service authorization late last month and starting up its Phase 1A segment over Labor Day weekend, Rover was flowing just over 700 MMcf/d Tuesday from Cadiz, OH, to interconnects with Panhandle Eastern and ANR in Defiance, OH, according to NGI calculations using information from ETP. 
To help keep tabs on the evolving Marcellus/Utica shale takeaway picture as Rover ramps up to its full 3.25 Bcf/d of designed capacity in the coming months, NGI is debuting its new daily Rover Tracker. The Rover Tracker gives an up-to-date snapshot of receipts and deliveries on the project and will continue to expand as new segments enter service. 
Scheduled for full service by the fourth quarter, the producer-push Rover, a massive $4.2 billion, 710-mile greenfield project, would go a long way toward uncorking the Appalachian bottleneck. With Northeast production already ramping up in 2017, Rover -- along with a number of other takeaway expansions set to hit the market soon -- appears poised to unleash a new wave of Appalachian output.
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Also from NGI:
Rover Pipeline LLC continues to press FERC on a request to restart horizontal directional drilling (HDD), filing supplemental information and third-party analyses to persuade the Commission to lift a May moratorium. 
Meanwhile, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) and Rover remain at odds over the state agency's jurisdiction over the project and the timing of the HDD restart the company has requested. 
On Tuesday Rover submitted a series technical analyses to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for several remaining project HDDs. Rover urged the Commission to “continue to consider its request to restart HDDs for which the analyses have been provided as soon as practicable.” The technical information was prepared by GeoEngineers Inc., an HDD specialist which is reviewing Rover’s operations after a 2 million gallon drilling fluids spill in April near the Tuscarawas River in Stark County, OH. 
In a separate filing last week, Rover submitted a series documents to FERC in response to the Commission's Aug. 22 letter detailing additional requirements before it would reauthorize HDDs on the 710-mile, 3.25 Bcf/d pipeline. Rover said the filings should be considered "a complete response to the recommendations presented" and the associated recommendations from a separate independent HDD engineering review conducted by J.D. Hair & Associates Inc., the firm FERC selected to examine the Tuscarawas incident.
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