The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has received a request from Rover Pipeline LLC (Rover) to increase the approved delivery capacity at Rover’s West Virginia, USA, Majorsville Compressor Station by 100 MMcfd (3 x 106 m3/d).
Rover proposes to install a third 3550 hp (2648 kW) Caterpillar GS3612 powered gas compressor at the Majorsville Compressor Station and a new equipment run at the Majorsville Meter Station in Marshall County, West Virginia, USA. The new unit would bring the Majorsville Compressor Station to a total of 10,650 hp (7945 kW). Two Caterpillar GS3612 compressor units have already been approved.
The proposal would increase the point capacity of the Majorsville Compressor Station and the Majorsville Meter Station from 300 MMcfd to 400 MMcfd (8 x 106 m3/d to 11 x 106 m3/d).
The Rover Pipeline is a 713-mi. (1147-km) pipeline designed to transport 3.25 Bcfd (92 x 106 m3/d) of natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica Shale production areas to markets across the US as well as into the Union Gas Dawn Storage Hub in Ontario, Canada, for redistribution back into the US or into the Canadian market.
Currently under construction, the approximate US$4.2 billion pipeline will transport gas from processing plants in West Virginia, Eastern Ohio, and Western Pennsylvania, USA, for delivery to pipeline interconnects in West Virginia and Eastern Ohio as well as the Midwest Hub near Defiance, Ohio, where up to 68% of the gas will be delivered for distribution to markets across the US.
The remaining 32% of the natural gas will be delivered to markets in Michigan, USA, via an interconnect near Livingston County, Michigan, with the existing Vector Pipeline, which has established delivery points to local distribution companies and the vast Michigan storage fields throughout the state. Additionally, Vector will transport natural gas that is not delivered to Michigan markets on to the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada.
In October, Rover received FERC approval to begin operating three compressor units at its Mainline Compressor Station 1 in Carroll County, Ohio. Phase 1A of the pipeline can now move more than 1 Bcfd (28 x 106 m3/d) of natural gas from Cadiz, Ohio, to Defiance, Ohio, which brings the project closer to its design total of 3.25 Bcfd. Phase 1A began operating on August 31, 2017. Phase 1B of the pipeline from Seneca, Ohio, to Cadiz, Ohio, is anticipated to be complete by the end of the year. The Rover Pipeline Project is expected to be in full service by the end of the first quarter of 2018.