Canada’s AltaGas Limited has received regulatory approval to double the capacity of its Townsend natural gas processing plant in British Columbia to 396 million cubic feet per day (MMCF/d). Calgary-based AltaGas says the initial expansion will be a 100 MMCF/d shallow-cut natural gas processing facility to be built on the existing site, which is located 62 miles north of North Saint John, British Columbia.

The British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission Long-lead approved the expansion earlier this week. Major equipment has been ordered and the expansion is expected to begin commercial operations in late 2017. AltaGas says it expects the expansion will be fully contracted with Painted Pony Petroleum Limited under a 20-year take-or-pay agreement.

Industrial Info is tracking 16 active AltaGas capital projects worth a combined $1.95 billion. This includes the proposed $500 million Ridley Island propane export terminal, to be built at Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

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