The Rover Pipeline is a 711-mile transmission pipeline project that runs through portions of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, and extends 75 miles into Michigan. The mainly 42-inch pipeline will transport up to 3.25 billion cubic feet per day of domestically produced natural gas from multiple gas processing facilities to markets in the Central United States and Canada. The $4.3 billion project requires a 7(c) construction certificate from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and comprises four mainline compressor stations, six supply lateral compressor stations, and other ancillary facilities along its route.
RETTEW is evaluating the Rover Pipeline alignment, reviewing bonding requirements for road use maintenance agreements (RUMAs), managing all transportation-related permitting, presenting the project to public and governmental stakeholders, as well as providing supplementary services as needed to support this multi-state endeavor. One important task involved civil engineering and permitting services to begin construction on a 148-acre pipe yard in Michigan that was already behind schedule. When constructed, it will have the capacity to store up to 175 miles of 42-inch pipe, which is currently being stockpiled in Texas and will be transported to the pipe yard as soon as possible. This was a significant additional cost to the client, so RETTEW’s responsiveness through the zoning, site planning, and plan review processes was crucial. Overall, our comprehensive expertise enables us to support the supply, mainline, and market aspects of this significant FERC project.