More than one million man hours logged during plant construction
DAWSON CREEK, BC, July 13, 2012 /CNW/ - After 1.2 million man hours
logged by a workforce of up to 300 on-site workers, Spectra Energy
celebrated the Official Grand Opening of the Dawson Processing Plant in Bessborough, British Columbia today.
Together with federal, provincial and local public officials, a host of
community leaders and valued neighbours, attendees enjoyed pancakes
flipped by the Honourable Christy Clark, Premier of the Province of
British Columbia, an Aboriginal performance by the Saulteau First
Nation drummers, speeches and facility tours.
The event marked another important milestone in Spectra Energy's growth
strategy. The company is in the home-stretch to complete its 2009-2013
$1.5 billion British Columbia investment program - strategic expansion
projects that are growing the economy, providing jobs, and delivering
responsible, domestic energy.
"Spectra Energy is executing one of the largest infrastructure projects
our sector has witnessed in recent years, and we are poised to invest
an additional $4-$6 billion in British Columbia beyond 2015," explained
Doug Bloom, president, Spectra Energy Transmission West. "Accessing
the natural gas-rich area of the Montney play enables Spectra Energy to
meet the growing needs of our customers with critical gathering,
processing and pipeline services, and sets the foundation for further
investment opportunities in British Columbia."
"Spectra Energy has built an innovative, expandable natural gas
processing facility that supports local employment and business
development in the Dawson Creek area," said Premier Christy Clark.
"Natural gas is the opportunity of our lifetime, and this plant is
another example of the long-term economic activity natural gas can
create with the right support from industry investments and the BC Jobs
Bloom emphasized that stringent safety standards have been the guiding
principle throughout the entire project. During construction, the
company undertook a number of measures to ensure the safety of its
employees, contractors and the local community. In doing so, it
accomplished the safety goal of working more than 1.2 million man hours
without a single lost time injury (an injury requiring time off work).
With multiple contractors and Spectra Energy personnel working together
on the project, this has set a new standard in performance.
Furthermore, he noted that the company believes in hiring and
contracting locally as its staff and contractors form the foundation of
the company's present and future success. During construction, 15 per
cent of the workforce were employed from local and Aboriginal
communities and upon completion, it now employs 20 permanent employees.
The 200 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) Dawson Processing Plant is
being installed in two phases to meet the scale and scope of its
customers' needs in a timely and efficient manner. The initial 100
MMcf/d phase of construction began flowing gas on May 31, 2012.
Construction of Phase II is underway and expected to be complete in
Spectra Energy's highly developed gathering and processing system is the
largest infrastructure network to serve the Montney play. The company
oversees more than 2,200 kilometres of gathering pipeline in the
region, and has interests in eleven processing plants with over 1.6
Bcf/d of area gas processing capacity in the Montney.
Spectra Energy Corp (NYSE: SE), a FORTUNE 500 company, is one of North
America's premier natural gas infrastructure companies serving three
key links in the natural gas value chain: gathering and processing,
transmission and storage, and distribution. For more than a century,
Spectra Energy and its predecessor companies have developed critically
important pipelines and related infrastructure connecting natural gas
supply sources to premium markets. Based in Houston, Texas, the
company's operations in the United States and Canada include more than
19,000 miles of transmission pipeline, approximately 305 billion cubic
feet of storage, as well as natural gas gathering and processing,
natural gas liquids and local distribution operations. The company also
has a 50 percent ownership in DCP Midstream, one of the largest natural
gas gatherers and processors in the United States. Spectra Energy is a
member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes
and the U.S. S&P 500 Carbon Disclosure Project's Carbon Disclosure
Leadership Index. For more information, visit www.spectraenergy.com.
Image with caption: "Honourable Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia joins Spectra Energy employees to declare the Dawson Processing Plant in Bessborough, B.C. officially open for business. L to R: Doug Bloom, Gary Weilinger, Hon. Bob Zimmer, Hon. Christy Clark, Karen Gooding, Hon. Rich Coleman, Hon. Blair Lekstrom, Laverne Norris. (CNW Group/Spectra Energy Corp.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120713_C8165_PHOTO_EN_16238.jpg
Image with caption: "Honourable Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia chats with Spectra Energy employees and construction contractors at the Official Grand Opening of the Dawson Processing Plant in Bessborough, B.C. (CNW Group/Spectra Energy Corp.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120713_C8165_PHOTO_EN_16237.jpg
Image with caption: "Doug Bloom, President, Spectra Energy Transmission West at the Official Grand Opening of the Dawson Processing Plant speaks about Spectra Energy's commitment to investing in B.C. and the benefits natural gas brings to the province of B.C. (CNW Group/Spectra Energy Corp.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120713_C8165_PHOTO_EN_16239.jpg
SOURCE Spectra Energy Corp.
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