FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – AtlaGas officially unveiled their new Townsend facility yesterday afternoon at a grand opening event.
The facility is located 100 kilometres north of Fort St. John. At the event, John Lowe, Executive Vice President, said that yesterday was a good day for AltaGas.
“This facility means a lot to us at AltaGas. We wanted a network with long life assets to process natural gas, and bring it into the North American gird and to new markets.”
The natural gas plant was completed before it was expected, and it also came in under budget, at just under half a billion dollars.
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Lowe also pointed to the relationship with the Halfway River First Nation as well as the Blueberry River First Nation, saying that the relationship means a lot to them, and it creates employment oppurtunities. During construction of the facility, AltaGas joined together with other industry partners to start a new pilot training program, which is called the Black Swan Training Operator Program. The purpose of this program is to “provide long-term, career orientated and meaningful jobs to First Nation.”
The facility is a 198 million cubic feet per day shallow-cut natural gas processing facility as well as a natural gas gathering and liquids egress line and also features a truck terminal.
In 2014, AltaGas partnered with Painted Pony Petroleum LTD and entered a 15-year strategic alliance with the goal of development of processing infrastructure and marketing services for natural gas in BC.
There are also extraction facilities on site. These facilities remove natural gas liquids, like water and condensate, and then they are further separated to produce a specification product.
Acting Mayor of Fort St. John, Gord Klassen, was also on hand for the event. He spoke very highly of the newly opened facility and also passed along Mayor Lori Ackerman’s greetings and congratulations to AltaGas on the completion of the project.
Natural Gas Minister, Rich Coleman, says this facility is a promising development for BC.
“British Columbia has a vast supply of natural gas to support value-added production and economic growth. The Townsend Facility is another promising development for our province, showcasing our capacity to build new infrastructure in the natural gas sector and support clean energy production for domestic and international markets.”
Commercial operation started on July 10th of this year.