Encana (ECA) said Thursday that it has successfully started up its Sunrise processing plant on Sept. 27, under budget and more than one month ahead of original schedule.
Sunrise is the second of three processing plants that support Encana’s condensate-focused growth plan in the Montney Formation in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin in British Columbia and Alberta.
In parallel with the Sunrise and Tower facilities ramping up, the third plant, Saturn remains ahead of schedule and is on track to start up before year-end. In addition, the Towerbirch lateral pipeline which connects all three plants to the NGTL system started up on Oct. 1.
The company’s midstream agreement with Veresen Midstream enables Encana, via the Cutbank Ridge Partnership, to construct and operate the Tower, Sunrise and Saturn plants, as well as any future build opportunities, on behalf of Veresen Midstream on a contracted basis.
Veresen Midstream funds and owns the facilities and Encana pays to use them through a fee-for-service agreement.