Manufacturing businesses in Sturgeon County are closely linked with other key sectors in hydrocarbon processing. Demand for specialty manufactured metal products such as valves, pressure vessels and other components required for major hydrocarbon processing projects has driven strong growth in the metal fabrication and machinery manufacturing sub-sectors.
Sturgeon County also has a strong number of businesses involved in producing wood products, as well as food processing. Most of the manufacturers in the region are small- to medium-sized businesses that have found strong demand for these markets within the resource sectors.
Sturgeon County’s manufacturing companies provide a range of products and services including:
- Processed agricultural commodities and specialized food ingredients to a wide range of customers in the livestock, poultry, food processor, foodservice and bakery industries
Chemical technology for the Canadian crop protection market
Grades of polymer-modified asphalt technologies for road construction and maintenance
Recycled rubber products for the industrial, municipal, commercial, agricultural, and residential applications
Chemical technology widely used in the pulp and mining industries and in environmental applications
Modules and components for the petrochemical, pulp & paper, and public industries
Major Manufacturing Corporations in Sturgeon County:
Relevant Project Opportunities
North West Redwater Partnership
Description: 150,000 barrels/day bitumen upgrader and diesel refinery (within 3 phases); captures 1.2 million tonnes of CO2 per year per phase – sold for use in enhanced oil recovery.
Products: ultra low sulphur diesel, low sulphur vacuum gas oil, diluent/naptha, butane & propane
Status: Phase 1 is expected to be operational by the end of 2017
Description: Three integrated major capital projects totalling an investment of approximately $2.8 billion. Phase III expansion of the pipelines to Sturgeon County – the largest project in its history.
Products: Over 850,000 barrels/day of capacity on four pipelines allowing it to transport four distinct hydrocarbons: ethane-plus, propane-plus, condensate and crujde oil – each in its own segregated pipeline, plus upstream capacity to handle higher production volumes.
Status: Addition of third fractionator; their Redwater complex has capacity of 210,000 barrels/day, making it the largest of its kind in Canada. 2018 growth projection of Veresen, adding $3 billion of assets into service.
Programs and Support
There are several programs available to provide support for new business development in Sturgeon County. These include the Industry R&D Associates program, Canadian International Innovation program, Automotive Supplier Innovation program and Engage grants.