Bob Downing

A Texas-based pipeline company has fully booked capacity on the proposed Rover Pipeline that will carry Utica and Marcellus shale natural gas across northern Ohio.

Energy Transfer Partners in Dallas announced on Thursday that the pipeline is fully subscribed through 15-year and 20-year contracts to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.

Thatís enough natural gas to heat 32,000 to 36,000 American homes for one year.

The 800-mile pipeline is estimated to cost up to $4.4 billion.

One leg would run 186 miles from the Leesville natural gas processing plant under construction in Carroll County in eastern Ohio to Defiance in northwest Ohio. That line would pass through Stark and Wayne counties and could be built by December 2016.

It would connect to pipelines that could take the natural gas to Detroit, Ontario, the Midwest and the Gulf Coast.

The Michigan-Ontario leg would be 194 miles and could be operational by mid-2017.

The project includes six laterals that would extend 197 miles into western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia.

The Rover pipeline would include pipelines that are 24 to 42 inches in diameter. There would be five compressor stations and six new meter stations along the mainline in northern Ohio, plus five compressor stations along the supply laterals.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval for the project is required. The initial paperwork was filed with that agency last June. The official application is expected to be filed in January. Approval could come in November 2015 with construction starting in January 2016.

Energy Transfer reportedly has signed three major producers: Colorado-based Antero Resources and Oklahoma-based American Energy-Utica LLC, two of the biggest players in Ohio, and Texas-based Range Resources Corp., one of the biggest players in Pennsylvania.

ET Rover company held 10 public hearings on the pipeline in early July in Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Bob Downing can be reached at 330-996-3745 or bdowning@thebeaconjournal.com.