Quick Facts About Rover
Rover Pipeline is an interstate natural gas project that transports up to 3.25 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/day) of domestically produced natural gas to markets in the Midwest, Northeast, East Coast, Gulf Coast and Canada. The completed line has direct deliveries to Ohio, West Virginia, Michigan, and into the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada, which has a broader network of distribution points back into the U.S., the Northeast and into the Canadian market.
Rover connects the Marcellus and Utica Shale supplies to markets in the Midwest, Northeast, East Coast, Great Lakes and Gulf Coast regions of the United States and Canada.
The pipeline gathers gas from processing plants in West Virginia, Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania for delivery to the Midwest Hub near Defiance, Ohio, where roughly 68 percent of the gas is delivered via interconnects with existing pipelines in Ohio and West Virginia which is then redistributed to markets across the U.S.
The remaining 32 percent of the natural gas is delivered to markets in Michigan via an interconnect near Livingston County, Michigan, with the existing Vector Pipeline, which has established delivery points to local distribution companies and the vast Michigan storage fields throughout the state. Additionally, Vector transports natural gas that is not delivered into Michigan markets on to the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada.
Approximately 70 percent of the Rover pipeline is under agricultural land, and parallels existing pipelines, power lines, or roads when possible.
U.S. natural gas production is forecasted to increase by 44% by the year 2040; however, most new production will originate in the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations. Pipelines such as Rover carry this abundant new supply to market. Rover is helping to provide a reliable long-term supply of low-cost natural gas to the Michigan and Ohio regions, which are largely dependent on out-of-state production to meet their supply needs.
The majority of the Rover Pipeline is utilized by customers on the U.S. segments of the pipeline, including multiple take-off points in Michigan, West Virginia and Ohio. The Michigan and Ohio access points interconnect with multiple Local Distribution Company gas systems serving customers throughout the states, and in West Virginia, the gas is delivered to multiple take-off points in the Northeast, Gulf Coast and the East Coast.
The volume not consumed in the U.S. is transported to the Union Gas Hub in Canada, where it is traded on the open market, for consumption either back in the United States, in Michigan, into the Northeast such as New York or New Jersey, or to customers in Canada. Furthermore, although the gas may be transported to Canada, it is then traded on the open market where a portion of the gas may come back into the United States for consumption, further amplifying the purpose and need of the pipeline to transport much needed gas from the production area to market (including markets in Ohio and Michigan).