The Rover Pipeline is set to bring a truly incredible increase in the region’s capacity to transport natural gas to downstream markets. While the full capacity of Rover isn’t expected to come online until the first quarter of 2018, the first phase of Rover began initial service on September 1st, just last month. And in that time, Rover’s impact on natural gas markets is already being felt.
The Marcellus and Utica shales hold immense amounts of natural gas, and the natural roadblock to full utilization of this resource has been the ability to transport it to markets across the country Rover has already helped to alleviate this issue. As Natural Gas Intel writes,
“The Rover Pipeline has opened up a route connecting Marcellus and Utica shale natural gas to liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports at Cheniere Energy Inc.’s Sabine Pass terminal, and it’s shifted how gas flows between Appalachia and the Gulf Coast in the process.”
When Rover construction is completed, and the full pipeline comes online, it will have the capacity to transport more than 3 billion cubic feet of natural gas each day. Expanding our pipeline infrastructure is vital for our energy economy. CEPI is glad to see the impact that Rover has already had, and we’re excited for the full effects to come into play early next year.