FORT ST. JOHN, B.C.—Calgary energy firm AltaGas Ltd. has officially opened a new natural gas processing facility in the northeast corner on British Columbia.
The Townsend Facility, located about 100 kilometres from Fort St. John, B.C., includes a processing plant capable of producing 198 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, a truck terminal and other related infrastructure.
The energy company completed work on the project in July ahead of its original schedule and under-budget. Construction costs amounted to $430 million.
One of a number of projects looking to tap into B.C.’s significant gas reserves, the AltaGas plant is connected to the company’s nearby Blair Creek Facility by a 25-kilometre gas gathering line.
“British Columbia has a vast supply of natural gas to support value-added production and economic growth,” the province’s Minister of Natural Gas Development Rich Coleman, said at the opening ceremony. “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.”