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Rover Pipeline Laterals will add to Gas-fired Growth in PJM

The Rover Pipeline has now received Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval for the final laterals needed to complete the project and increase gas reserves for future combined-cycle gas-turbine plants being built in the PJM Interconnection’s territory.

Dallas-based owner Energy Transfer LP announced that FERC has approved the commencement of natural gas service for the Sherwood and CGT laterals and associated compression and metering facilities located in West Virginia. The 713-mile Rover Pipeline was built to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale production plays.

The Rover has been operational since August 2017, but this final approval allows the pipeline to add the additional receipt and delivery points for the gas production in West Virginia. Rover moves gas from processing plants in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania to the Midwest Hub near Defiance, Ohio and the Union Gas Dawn Storage Hub in Ontario, Canada.

Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania are all part of the PJM Interconnection regional transmission organization for the electricity market in 14 states. Natural gas has played an ever increasing role in the generation mix within the PJM and will continue to grow over coming years, according to a recent report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

A new report by S&P Global Platts noted that 26 utility-scale combined-cycle gas-turbine power projects are planned in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio combined within a few years, representing about 21,000 MW in new generating capacity.

(Rod Walton can be reached at 918-831-9177 and [email protected]).