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Rover Pipeline awards $34 million contract for 39 compressors

In a contract with an estimated value of over $34 million, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners subsidiary Rover Pipeline LLC and Ohio-based Ariel Corporation announced that Ariel will be supplying 39 natural gas compressors to the Rover Pipeline.

The Rover Pipeline, valued at $4.2 billion, is engineered to carry up to 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas through 36 inch and 42 inch diameter lines. It will transport domestically produced natural gas from numerous processing facilities in Northeast Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to various markets in the central United States, including Michigan and Ohio. The pipeline will also help facilitate natural gas deliveries to markets in the Northeast, Great Lakes and Gulf Coast regions, as well as Canadian Provinces.

In a statement, Joey Mahmoud, Energy Transfer Partners senior vice president and Rover Pipeline project executive, said, “Energy Transfer has a ‘buy American’ mentality. We are proud to announce this contract with Ariel as they have been an integral part of the Ohio business community for nearly 50 years. Their deep Ohio ties are especially important to us as more than 200 miles of our proposed route passes through Ohio.”

Headquartered in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and established in 1966, Ariel Corporation is the world’s largest manufacturer of separable reciprocating gas compressors, and its products are used by the energy industry across the globe. Ariel Director of Marketing Robert Drews said, “Ariel Corporation is proud to play a significant role in our country’s growing energy sector. The depth of our experience and the quality of our products and distribution partners uniquely position us to deliver compressors to support Rover Pipeline’s compression needs.”

For the project, Rover Pipeline purchased both Caterpillar natural gas engines and Ariel compressors. Along the 711-mile route, the system will feature an excess of 211,000 horsepower at nine compressor stations. Houston-based SEC Energy has been contracted to package the 30 compressor units. Mahmoud commented, “We are looking forward to becoming an integral part of the Ohio business and civic communities as well, through the anticipated 6,500 construction jobs we will be bringing to the state and the 30 to 40 permanent jobs associated with the Ohio section of our Rover Pipeline.”

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