Petrochemical plants convert natural resources such as crude oil, natural gas, ore and minerals into products for a wide range of applications. They produce many important building blocks for industry processes, including ethylene, propylene, butadiene, and aromatics. Abundant, cost-advantaged petrochemical feedstocks can be sourced from prolific liquids-rich gas formations such as the Montney or Duvernay, or from Alberta’s vast oilsands deposits. These feedstocks are then transported to the Edmonton region via pipeline where they are further developed into value-added products.
Sturgeon County is a proud and founding member of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing region. Alberta's Industrial Heartland has a geographic footprint of 582 square kilometres, with Sturgeon County's portion measuring approximately 100 square kilometres. County lands within the Heartland have been pre-zoned I5, Heavy Industrial, to accelerate development of this important industry within our borders.
Many large-scale value-added energy operations call our County home. The NWR Sturgeon Refinery is in the final stages of commissioning Phase 1 of an 80,000 barrel/day refinery which will produce Ultra-Low-Sulphur-Diesel (ULSD) and diluents using innovative Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) technologies. Pembina Pipeline Corporation, along with Petrochemical Industries Company K.S.C. (PIC) of Kuwait, recently announced a positive final investment decision to construct a 550,000 tonne per annum integrated propane dehydrogenation plant and polypropylene (PDH-PP) upgrading facility in Sturgeon County through their joint venture entity, Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation (CKPC).
For more information on opportunities to develop petrochemical, partial upgrading or oil refining operations in Sturgeon County, please contact us.