Rover Pipeline: Growing the Pie, or Stealing Slices from Others?

Rover Pipeline–$3.7 billion, 711-mile natural gas pipeline that will run from PA, WV and eastern OH through OH into Michigan and eventually into Canada–starting flowing natural gas through a portion of the pipeline on Sept. 1st (see Big Portion of Rover Pipeline Now Up & Running – Thru Most of Ohio). Since then, Phase 1A of the pipeline has steadily increased its throughput and now flows over 700 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of yummy Utica/Marcellus Shale gas to Defiance, OH. But where does that gas come from? Have a bunch of drillers suddenly flipped a switch and turned on new wells to fill that capacity? Well, to some degree that has happened. There is certainly new gas finding its way through Rover–but most of the gas flowing through Rover comes at the expense of flowing through other pipelines. Several other pipelines in the region are giving up some of their gas according to the experts at BTU Analytics. Which pipelines? Most of the gas flowing through Rover likely comes from gas that would have flowed through the Texas Eastern Transmission Company (TETCO) pipeline, says BTU Analytics. In addition, REX (Rockies Express Pipeline) and Dominion Pipeline have also lost some business to Rover. Here’s how Rover has changed the supply/demand landscape over the past three weeks…

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