Energy Transfer 1Q17 – Updates on Rover, Mariner East 2 Pipelines

Last week Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the main operating division of Energy Transfer Equity (ETE), released its first quarter 2017 financial and operating update. ETP is the company that built the Dakota Access Pipeline, which was finally completed after Obama was ejected from office–and is right now building the Rover Pipeline. Another division of ETE was, until last month, Sunoco Logistics Partners. In April Sunoco LP was merged into ETP (see Sunoco Logistics Partners Ceases to Exist as of Today). Sunoco LP, now ETP, is building the Mariner East 2 (ME2) pipeline project. So as part of last week’s update, we got mini-updates on two critically important projects for the Marcellus/Utica: Rover and ME2. The Rover chatter indicates all systems are go and they are on track to have the project completed and in-service as far as the Midwest Hub in July, and the rest of the way to Michigan in November. ME2 chatter contained an interesting question and response. An analyst’s question seems to indicate that ETP (the Sunoco Logistics part of it) is considering a joint venture arrangement for the ME2 pipeline project. President & CEO of Sunoco LP (not sure what his title is now) Mike Hennigan was quick to tamp down that speculation. He didn’t deny it, saying the company is having “conversations”–but he did say their focus right now is to finish the darned thing. Get it built…

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