A large natural gas processing plant planned for a section of land about 25 kilometres northwest of Dawson Creek has been given the green light to proceed without an environmental assessment.
Encana Corp.’s Saturn 15-27 Sweet Gas Plant will be located next to an existing Encana compressor station and adjacent well site, on an 18.43-hectare plot located just off 243 Road.
The proposed project will include a natural gas processing facility, natural gas storage and power transmission line. Upgrades to the sites access road may also be required.
Kevin Jardine, Executive Director of the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office, signed the release last Wednesday, granting the exemption from the Environmental Assessment Act on the basis that the project will not result in significant adverse environmental, economic, social, heritage or health effects.
Jardine is satisfied that the company has taken into account practical measures of preventing any potential adverse effects, or reducing them to an acceptable level.
The letter giving the go-ahead on the project was signed July 29.
The plant will use a shallow-cut refrigeration process to remove water and natural gas liquids from the inlet gas.
The facility will be fed by existing BC Hydro infrastructure, rather than burning natural gas to produce its own power.
Processed water and hydrocarbon condensate separated in the process will be pipelined to Encana’s Farmington Water Resource Hub for further processing.
The sales gas will be sent to TransCanada Pipeline’s existing NOVA Gas Transmission Groundbirch pipeline, where it will continue on its way to Pembina Pipeline’s Peace Pipeline in Alberta.