Alberta’s Industrial Heartland

Alberta’s Industrial Heartland is one of the world’s most attractive locations for chemical, petrochemical, oil and gas investment. The Heartland region has attracted over $40 billion of investment and developed into Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing centre.

Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association (AIHA) recently celebrated 20 years of municipal collaboration, investment and economic diversification in the Industrial Heartland.

AIHA has an ambitious goal to attract an additional $30 billion in new investment by 2030, which is achievable given the Heartland region's competitve advantages in feedstock and transportation solutions.  

Canada Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation (CKPC), a 50/50 joint venture between Kuwait's Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) and Pembina Pipeline Corporation (TSX: PPL / NYSE: PBA), is currently constructing a $4.5 billion dollar integrated propane dehydrogenation and polypropylene (PDH-PP) complex adjacent to Pembina’s existing Redwater Fractionation Site (RFS) in Sturgeon County.

The facility will produce 550,000 tonnes/year of polypropylene from a feedstock of about 23,000 barrels/day of Alberta-produced propane. Polypropylene (PP) is one of the world’s most commonly used building blocks in the manufacturing industry and is fully recyclable. PP is lightweight, heat and impact resistant, transparent and not reactive.


Wolf Midstream and Enhance Energy are constructing the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line (ACTL). The ACTL is the world's largest carbon capture and storage project and first large-scale Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) and storage project to actively work towards reducing environmental impacts while enriching the local economy. The ACTL consists of a 240-kilometre pipeline to gather, compress and store up to 14.6 million tonnes of CO2 per year at full capacity. This will be equivalent to removing every car in Alberta off the road annually. To add to this advantage, the stored CO2 will be injected into depleted oil reservoirs and result in over 1 billion barrels of incremental oil production.

The North West Redwater (NWR) Sturgeon Refinery, the first to be built in Alberta in more than 30 years, will produce 80,000 bbls/d of value-added products such as Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel and Diluent/Naphtha.

Driven by attractive petrochemical and raw material feedstock costs, and combined with competitive transportation and construction costs, the Heartland region’s world-class facilities can produce global scale quantities and are responsible for 43% of Canada’s annual basic chemical manufacturing industry output. The 40+ companies in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, several being world scale, provide fuels, fertilizers, power, petrochemicals and more to provincial and global consumers.

The Heartland region’s geographic footprint is 582 square kilometres (225 square miles). Alberta’s Industrial Heartland is situated near the capital city of Alberta, Edmonton, the northernmost metropolitan area in Canada and home to over 1.4 million people regionally. Proximity to Edmonton provides both labour and transportation advantages to industrial investors.

There is a petrochemical investment window open right now for North America. Alberta and Canada can be the location of choice for billions of dollars of investment in value-add energy facilities – if we work together at all levels of government to create a competitive investment climate. Alberta is poised to attract a potential $30 billion in new capital investments to Alberta’s Industrial Heartland.

For more information please visit Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association (AIHA).

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