May 13, 2015
The Balzac Gas Plant has been a big part of Nexen's history – and the history of Calgary – for some 50 years. But with declining natural gas prices, decreasing production from the associated gas field and urban encroachment, the decision was made to close and begin decommissioning the plant in 2011, and reclaim the site.
Nexen has created a terrific seven-minute video that captures not only the history of the plant, but also the close integration between Nexen and the surrounding community. In particular, the video highlights the Safety First approach we took to the entire demolition project. The video also includes an interview with Councillor Lois Habberfield from Rocky View County (where the plant is located) that showcases the cooperation and collaboration between stakeholders to continue the strong relationship Nexen has built over the years. "They included the community back then, and they continue to do so," she says.
The video is lively and fun to watch, especially the time-lapse sequence that shows the careful deconstruction of the two iconic red-and-white striped stacks that were long a fixture on the city's northeastern skyline.