Amid reports that local oil patch activity is already starting to pick up for the winter season we have confirmation of an air strip upgrade planned for the Pink Mountain area North of Fort St. John.
Stacie Dley is Communications Advisor for Calgary based Progress Energy, and cautions the land application is still before the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission, and therefore a final investment decision on the project has not yet been made.
However, if and when it is, the completed upgrade would also include an adjacent camp that would accommodate up to 500 workers employed in the companies’ North Montney operations, and it’s therefore intended to provide both company workforce accommodation, and local area safety improvements.
“It would transport rig crew changes from other areas to the Sikanni Chief Airstrip. It is actually taking quiet a few vehicles off the Alaska Highway, so it will improve safety from that perspective.”
The Sikanni Chief Airstrip is located at about Mile 148 of the Alaska Highway and the upgrade is expected to begin in early 2017, with completion to follow in a period of eight to ten months.
Progress Energy produces more than 750 million cubic feet equivalent of natural gas per day, here in Northeastern BC and in Northwestern Alberta.
It is now owned by Petronas, the Malaysian Government Oil and Gas Company and lead member of the consortium behind the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG project.
As such Progress is positioned to operate in this area for the next two to three decades providing up to two billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to be liquefied and exported overseas to Asian markets.