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Jumping Pound Gas Complex
Shell Canada is the major owner and operator of the Jumping Pound Complex, which produces natural gas (methane), ethane, propane, butane, condensate and sulphur. Jumping Pound is one of our four Shell gas complexes in southern Alberta, contributing to a combined overall production average of 300 million cubic feet per day (mmcfe/d) of natural gas.
Location: About 33 km west of Calgary near Cochrane, Alberta
Products: Sales gas (methane), natural gas liquids, condensate and sulphur
- Sales gas (methane) is primarily sold via two separate pipeline systems into the Alberta market. It is used primarily for heating and electrical generation.
- Natural gas liquids (NGL) include propane, butane and ethane. Propane is shipped via tank trucks and rail cars and used for heating and fuel to Western Canadian markets. Butane is shipped via rail and used for refinery and chemical feedstock in North America. Ethane is shipped by pipeline to petrochemical plants where it is used as a "building block" for a variety of chemicals and plastics.
- Condensate is a petroleum liquid similar to unrefined gasoline. It is shipped by pipeline to refineries as a feedstock to convert crude oil into various finished petroleum products, or for use as a diluent that thins heavy crude oil so that it will pump or move down a pipeline.
- Sulphur is used to make a wide range of products from fertilizers to fabric to pharmaceuticals. Shell Canada is one of the largest independent marketers of sulphur in the world.
Shell discovered the Jumping Pound gas field in 1944. Completion of four development wells indicated sufficient gas reserves to warrant construction of a gas plant.
Sales gas capacity in 1951, the first year of operation, was 0.7 million cubic metres of gas per day. Since then there have been many changes, including further development of the Jumping Pound field, discovery of three additional fields and increasing market demand for natural gas and its byproducts.
These changes have resulted in plant expansion projects that have increased plant capacity and efficiency and allowed increased recovery of the natural gas by-products: ethane, butane, propane and sulphur.
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Jumping Pound’s gas is sour because it contains hydrogen sulphide. Since hydrogen sulphide is toxic, special care must be taken in treating the natural gas.
Raw gas from the Jumping Pound, Sarcee and the two Jumping Pound West fields is gathered from over 80 well sites through a network of pipelines and field compressors. The raw gas enters the plant at inlet separators, where condensate (natural gasoline) and water are separated from the main gas stream.
The sour gas is passed through a chemical solution called Sulfinol that removes hydrogen sulphide and carbon dioxide. The hydrogen sulphide and carbon dioxide are fed to the sulphur plants where the hydrogen sulphide is converted to elemental sulphur. The small quantities of sulphur components that do not react to form elemental sulphur are incinerated and safely vented into the atmosphere.
The remaining residue gas goes to the deep cut unit where ethane, propane and butane liquids are removed. The remaining methane gas is sold to natural gas distribution companies.
Sour condensate from the inlet separators is fed to the condensate stabilizer for removal of hydrogen sulphide and lighter hydrocarbons, leaving a stable condensate product. The hydrogen sulphide and lighter hydrocarbons are compressed and recycled to the sulfinol treating units.
No job is more important than ensuring the safety of our neighbours, contractors and employees and protecting the environment. All Jumping Pound employees are trained in safe work procedures and an emergency response system is in place in the unlikely event that a situation arises.
The Jumping Pound gas plant is staffed 24 hours per day by operations personnel working 12 hour shifts. The natural gas gathering system, which gathers the gas from the wells in the field, is controlled from the plant control room as well as from the field.
Well flows, pressures and gas temperature are monitored by a computer and an alarm system that alerts the operator of any abnormal conditions. Well flows can be adjusted and shut in from the control room if necessary. Wells automatically shut in if there is a significant change in the gathering system pressure.
Shell Canada is committed to continually improving our safety performance to protect the health and safety of our workers. We have policies and programs in place as part of our health, safety and environment (HSE) management system, to support that commitment.
Emergency Response System
Should an emergency arise, Jumping Pound Complex personnel are well prepared through ongoing safety training in first aid, rescue and emergency response. An emergency procedures manual for the plant and field outlines personnel procedures, responsibilities and duties during an emergency.
To report an emergency please call (403) 932-2441 (24-hour line).
Shell’s Decommissioning, Abandonment and Reclamation team, or DAR, proactively manages the decommissioning, environmental assessment and remediation of our assets to meet the expectations of our regulators and our community.
We restore sites with native vegetation, trees and shrubs so that they match the surrounding areas, sustain the land use and truly reduce our footprint.