Dawson Liquids Extraction Project

The Dawson Liquids Extraction Project, which sources rich gas from the Montney formation in the South Peace region, is located approximately 16 km west of the City of Dawson Creek in northeast BC.

About This Project

Spectra Energy is proposing to construct and operate a natural gas liquids (NGLs) extraction facility and related pipeline infrastructure – the Dawson Liquids Extraction Project – in the South Peace region of British Columbia. Raw natural gas produced in this area is known as ‘rich gas’ because it contains valuable NGLs, which can be extracted and marketed separately from the ‘dry’ natural gas we use to heat our homes and power our businesses.

NGLs are hydrocarbons that include ethane, propane, butane and pentane (condensate). These hydrocarbons are used as raw materials in a variety of industries and as sources of energy for residential, commercial and industrial applications. The proposed infrastructure will increase NGLs extraction capacity in northeast B.C. By developing this capacity in the South Peace region, Spectra Energy can add value to the local natural gas industry and provide benefits to local communities.

The proposed facility will be built on a site owned or leased by Spectra Energy Midstream about 16 kilometres west of Dawson Creek, adjacent to the Dawson Processing Plant. The facility will receive rich gas containing NGLs from two sources: the Dawson Processing Plant and a nearby gas field. The designed inlet flow capacity of the proposed facility will be 400 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d).

A 1.5 km, 30-inch diameter, sales gas pipeline is being proposed to connect the dry sales gas to NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd.’s (NGTL) Groundbirch Pipeline. The interconnecting pipeline will be constructed primarily on land owned by Spectra Energy.

Spectra Energy has undertaken field work, including surveying, environmental studies and archaeological assessments. Consultation is being undertaken with local and Aboriginal communities, governments and other interested stakeholders. The results of these efforts will support the planning, engineering design and regulatory work for the project.

The Dawson Liquids Extraction Project will be provincially regulated and approval for construction and operations will be required from the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) and the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC). A project description will also be filed with the B.C. Environmental Assessment
Office (EAO). Aboriginal communities, potentially-affected stakeholders and other interested parties will be engaged and asked to participate in these regulatory processes. Subject to the receipt of regulatory approvals, construction of the project is scheduled to begin in Q1 2014 with a targeted in-service date of Q4 2015.

Spectra Energy has safely designed, constructed and operated natural gas infrastructure in northeast B.C. for 55 years. The highest standards of safety and environmental performance underpin every project Spectra Energy undertakes.

Project Status

Estimated Project Start Date

Estimated Completion Date
Q4 2015

Project Partners


Proponent Contact

John Turner
Manager, Government Relations
Spectra Energy

Economic Development Contact

Sue Kenny
General Manager
Community Futures Peace Liard

Northern Development Initiative Trust

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