Nexen Energy ULC has initiated the work required to demolish the Balzac gas plant, including the red and white stacks that have been a familiar landmark of the Calgary and Balzac skyline for more than 50 years.
”We’re proud of the comprehensive reclamation effort that’s underway and the work we’re doing to remediate the site, but I must say, it’s a bit sad to see the red and white stacks go,” says Andrew Hamilton, Project Manager, Balzac. “But their removal is needed to ensure the safety of those who continue to work on site and to allow us to manage the demolition process in a safe manner before the stacks begin to degrade.”
Demolition is scheduled to begin mid-July 2013 and continue into 2014. Structural removal of all above-ground buildings, structures vessels, piping, and equipment will be part of the demolition process.
When the plant was in its 50th year of operation, poor market prices, increasing maintenance costs and declining production from its wells forced the Balzac gas plant into retirement. The plant ceased to produce in 2011, and planning and preparation for demolition began.
The plant provided sour gas processing, including liquefied petroleum gas and sulphur recovery. Since its construction in 1961, the plant processed more than three trillion cubic feet of natural gas, enough natural gas to heat one million homes in Canada for 30 years.
Operating under the banner of Responsible Care®, Nexen has conducted Balzac operations in a safe and environmentally responsible manner and works closely with government agencies and local stakeholders to ensure information related to the demolition process are communicated in a timely manner. Nexen will continue to meet these expectations to ensure the safety of employees, contractors and the public remains a top priority.
Nexen Energy ULC is an upstream oil and gas company responsibly developing energy resources in the UK North Sea, offshore West Africa, the United States and Western Canada. A wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, Nexen has three principal businesses: conventional oil and gas, oil sands and shale gas.
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