FERC issues notice on 711-mile Rover gas pipeline project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on March 9 put out for notice a Feb. 20 application from Rover Pipeline LLC to construct and operate an new approximately 711-mile new interstate pipeline through the states of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan.

The plan is also to: construct and operate 10 new compressor stations, totaling 213,420 horsepower; and construct and operate 19 new meter stations. These actions are all collectively called the Rover Project). Rover states that the proposed pipeline will have a total capacity of 3.25 billion cubic feet per day and estimates the cost of the Rover Project to be approximately $4.22 billion.

Additionally, on Feb. 23, Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Co. LP applied for authorization to: modify station piping and appurtenances at the Edgerton Compressor Station (CS) in Allen County, Indiana; the Zionsville CS in Marion County, Indiana; the Montezuma CS in Parke County, Indiana; and the Tuscola CS in Douglas County, Illinois; modify piping and appurtenances at three auxiliary facilities in Lenawee County, Michigan; Vermillion County, Indiana; and Hamilton County, Indiana; and install an interconnect with Rover in Defiance County, Ohio (Panhandle Backhaul Project). Panhandle states that the proposed project will provide 750,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/d) of east-to-west firm transportation service. Panhandle estimates the cost of its project to be approximately $58 million.

Finally, on Feb. 23, Trunkline Gas Co. LLC sought authorization to: modify station piping at the Johnsonville CS in Wayne County, Illinois; the Joppa CS in Massac County, Illinois; the Dyerburg CS in Dyersburg County, Tennessee; and the Independence CS in Tate County, Mississippi; modify station piping at the Bourbon Meter Station in Douglas County, Illinois; and modify piping at the existing Panhandle-Trunkline Interconnect in Douglas County, Illinois. Trunkline states that this project will provide 750,000 Dth/d of north-to-south firm transportation service. Trunkline estimates the cost of the Trunkline Backhaul Project to be approximately $50.8 million.

Within 90 days of this notice, the commission staff will issue a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review. If that notice is issued, it will indicate, among other milestones, the anticipated date for the commission staff’s issuance of the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for this proposal. That notice will serve to notify federal and state agencies of the timing for the completion of all necessary reviews, and the subsequent need to complete all federal authorizations within 90 days of the date of issuance of the commission staff’s FEIS.

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