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Pincher Creek Echo (Canada): Shell presents optimization plans

By Angela Hill
Friday December 28, 2007

The Council of the Municipal District of Pincher Creek was all ears on Dec. 11, when Kevin May presented Shell Waterton’s optimization plan.

Shell’s plan is to transform its Waterton gas plant south of Pincher Creek into a smaller, more efficient facility.

“By reducing the amount of fuel gas use, in turn we will decrease the greenhouse gas emissions,” pointed out May, manager of Shell’s Waterton optimization project.

The gas plant, which is about 30 kilometres south of Pincher Creek, is currently licensed to produce 13.3 million cubic metres of raw gas daily. The products produced from the raw gas are sales gas (methane), natural gas liquids (propane, butane and ethane), condensate and sulphur.

The construction of the original plant began in 1960 and started operating two years later. Since then, the plant has seen a number of changes that haven’t gone unnoticed.

Councillor John Russell has watched the expansion over the years and voiced his concerns on the increase in the size of the stack. “We can’t do away with the stack,” said May, “however, we do want to reduce stack-top emissions.”

May estimates that they will begin work on shutting down plant two in mid-May next year. In mid-July, there will be a complete shut-down with a start-up of the whole plant in early September. and its also non-profit sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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