Black Swan celebrates opening of Nig Creek gas plant

Black Swan president David Maddison at the company's Nig Creek gas plant, Oct. 16, 2019. Image: Matt Preprost, Alaska Highway News

Black Swan Energy celebrated the opening of its Nig Creek Gas Plant north of Fort St. John on Wednesday.

The $200-million, 100-mmcf/d facility processes sour gas into sweet gas and separating hydrocarbon liquids including butane, condensate, and propane.

The plant, built with a 20-year commitment on the North Montney Mainline, effectively doubles the size of Black Swan’s business, officials say.

“This is a big step in our evolution,” Black Swan president David Maddison said.

Also on Wednesday, Black Swan presented Blueberry River First Nation Chief Marvin Yahey with $227,000 in funding for community infrastructure projects.

The Calgary-based exploration and production company has spent $1.2 billion to date in the region, with plans to spend an estimated $1 billion over the next five years, including an expansion at Nig Creek to add more than 80 mmcf/d of incremental raw processing.

The facility has been under planning and construction for the last two years, with more than 360,000 hours put into the project, Maddison said.

The plant was built with a waste heat recovery system that will lower emissions by 10,000 tonnes annually, Maddison said, while a liquids pipeline will reduce the number of trucks on the road and cut emissions by 1,500 tonnes.

The company's well sites are also powered by solar panels, Maddison added, which will cut some 600 tonnes of emmissions per year per well site.

"It's like any industry, we do our part and we keep getting better," Maddison said. "This plant is an example of something that really minimizes its environmental impact."

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