Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. has secured additional long-term binding shipper agreements on its Rover natural gas pipeline project to connect Marcellus and Utica shale supplies to markets in the Midwest, Great Lakes and Gulf Coast regions of the United States and Canada. As a result of the additional agreements, the pipeline is fully subscribed through 15- and 20-year fee-based contracts to transport 3.25 Bcf/d of capacity.
The 800-mile pipeline, estimated to cost $3.8-4.4 billion, will deliver natural gas from processing plants and interconnections in northwest West Virginia, western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio to the Midwest hub near Defiance, OH as well as to multiple delivery points in Michigan and to the Union Gas Hub near Sarnia, Ontario. Rover also will interconnect with ETP’s Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line (PEPL), allowing shippers to deliver gas to Gulf Coast markets through ETP’s Trunkline system.
Transportation from the supply regions to the Midwest hub near Defiance is expected to begin by December 2016 to serve the Gulf Coast and Midwest markets. The remaining service to other markets including Michigan will be in service by mid-2017.