Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Major Industrial Development

More companies are finding their way to Sturgeon County for attractive low land costs, an abundance of raw materials, easy access to natural resources, and an excellent road and rail infrastructure throughout.

Opportunities for growth and development

Sturgeon County appeals to companies of varying sizes due to low cost of land and an abundance of raw materials. A wide variety of rich natural resources are found within the County, including heavy oil deposits, natural gas fields, coal, clay, sand, and gravel. Other advantages include road networks and rail linkages to the oil sands regions in northern Alberta and beyond.

Future projects slated for Sturgeon County are poised to bring considerable activity to the region. Most notable, North West Redwater Partnership’s proposed 150,000 barrels per day bitumen refinery will produce clean, high value end products needed by Albertans and global markets. The Partnership estimates that construction of phase one will create thousands of jobs over its construction phase. This includes on-site construction, equipment fabrication at shops, and modularization yard fabrication. Hundreds of Engineers will also be required for this project. Once complete they will require  as many as 250 permanent staff during ongoing operations. Throughout all three phases, the project will generate over 101,000 person years of employment during construction and 417,000 person years of employment over 30 years of operations.

Another significant project is underway at Williams Energy’s fractionation and storage facility near Redwater. Modifications will allow for extraction of ethane/ethylene as a marketable product which will be transported to customers via existing pipelines. Williams and Pembina Pipeline Corporation are working interest partners in the Redwater Facility.  

Access Pipeline is continuing work on the Northeast Expansion, a proposed 42” diameter pipeline with an initial capacity of 350,000 barrels of blended bitumen per day. The proposed pipeline is slated to run 297 kilometers from production sites near Conklin, Alberta to Access’ Sturgeon Terminal in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. The proposed routing is along the routes of their two existing pipelines.

Local Production


  • Methanol
  • Urea
  • Ammonia


  • Olefins - Ethylene & Propylene


  • Polyethylene
  • Ethylene Oxide & derivatives
  • Ethylene Glycol


  • Polypropylene
  • Polypropylene Oxide
  • Polypropylene Glycol

Start in Sturgeon

Start in Sturgeon is the Economic Development initiative of Sturgeon County, Alberta. The county encompasses a large area of land with several towns and hamlets throughout. 

Sturgeon County has become home to 40+ world class companies. Is yours next? 

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Morinville, AB, T8R 1L9

Phone: 780-939-8367
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