Spectra Energy has inaugurated a new natural gas processing plant located in Bessborough, British Columbia, Canada.

The Dawson processing plant was initiated as a part of Spectra Energy’s $1.5bn investment program to strategically expand projects and supply clean energy.

Spectra Energy’s gathering and processing systems serve the Montney play and the company oversees more than 2,200km of gathering pipeline in the region.

It has interests in 11 processing plants with over 1.6 Bcf/d of area gas processing capacity in the Montney play.

Spectra Energy Transmission West president Doug Bloom said, "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."

The 200 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) Dawson processing plant is being installed in two phases and the initial 100 MMcf/d phase of construction began flowing gas on 31 May, 2012

The construction of the second phase is underway and is expected to be completed in early 2013.

Premier Christy Clark said Spectra Energy has built an innovative, expandable natural gas processing facility that supports local employment and business development in the Dawson Creek area.

"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 Plan," Clark added.

Spectra Energy is a natural gas infrastructure company serving three key links in the natural gas value chain: gathering and processing, transmission and storage, and distribution.