The Rover Pipeline can begin construction, Kallanish Energy reports.
That approval, the final step for the $4.2 billion project, came from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday in a two-page letter.
Rover Pipeline, an affiliate of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, had filed a request last Thursday seeking immediate approval for construction on the natural gas pipeline.
All other approvals are in place, FERC said in issuing the construction certificate.
The company reported that trees have been cleared along 37.55 miles of the pipeline route and that work is continuing. Fifteen contractor yards are being set up.
Rover Pipeline had made numerous requests of FERC to expedite final approval. Last October, it had asked for approval by December, saying without that timely action by FERC the project could be delayed up to one year.
The 713-mile pipeline across northern Ohio is likely to be completed this year with Phase 1 done by July and Phase 2 by November, Energy Transfer Partners said in a statement.
It is designed to carry natural gas from the Utica and Marcellus shales to the Midwest, Ontario and the Gulf of Mexico. It calls for two lines that are both 42 inches in diameter would move up to 3.25 billion cubic feet per day. That’s enough to heat 35,000 houses for a full year.
It would run from western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia across Ohio to Michigan where it would connect to existing pipelines.
The initial application filed with FERC in June 2014. Initially, the plan called for the first part of the pipeline to begin service in late 2016 with the rest in early 2017.
The Rover Pipeline can begin construction. That approval, the final step for the $4.2 billion project, came from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday in a two-page letter.