In 2010, ARC Resources committed to building their Dawson Creek natural gas processing facility Phase 1 and 2 in a manner that would produce fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than was standard for such facilities at the time. ARC accomplished that goal by using a variety of technologies:
- Electric-driven compressors were installed instead of using natural gas to compress inlet/sales gas, propane and acid gas at the plant. The plant was also built with an instrument-air system instead of instrument-gas, eliminating the need for venting.
- Both phases of the facility were designed to use electricity, but when Phase 1 came online in May 2010, electricity was generated by on-site natural gas turbines. In 2011, with the launch of Phase 2, the entire facility was linked to the B.C. Hydro grid and the on-site generators, powered by natural gas, were deactivated. The facility now runs on hydroelectricity. As a result of these innovations, since 2010 the plant has reduced its emissions by 539,743 tonnes of CO2e, based on an annual average reduction of 67,468 tonnes of CO2e.
- Phase 3 of the Dawson Creek facility came on line in 2017. Emission-reducing design elements include a waste heat recovery unit that is estimated to save 1.3 million cubic feet (MMcf) per day of natural gas and avoids approximately 30,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions per year.
- In 2018 ARC electrified their Parkland and Sunrise facilities, reducing GHG emissions by approximately 85 per cent or more than 100,000 tonnes of CO2e.
- Other pump and instrumentation conversions have reduced emissions by more than 1,000 tonnes of CO2e annually.