Energy Processing in Alberta


Energy processing increases the value of raw resources.

To encourage the development of more oil and gas processing in Alberta and to help diversify Alberta’s energy sector, three programs were created under the Energy Diversification Actexternal link iconof 2018, applications are now available for the Partial Upgrading programexternal link icon, the Petrochemical Feedstock Infrastructure Programexternal link icon and the Petrochemicals Diversification Programexternal link icon (round 2). 

These initiatives build upon Alberta’s energy strengths to create thousands of jobs, attract billions of dollars in private investment and secure Alberta’s energy future through diversification and innovation.

Fostering energy diversification and increased investment in energy processing were key recommendations from the Energy Diversification Advisory Committeeexternal link icon, which delivered its final report to government in March 2018.

 Related resources;

  • Oil sands upgrading can be found in Oil Sands 101

  • Refining and Petrochemicals explains some uses of petrochemicals.

  • Refining, petrochemicals and biochemical external link icon (Alberta Canada)

  • The  Incremental Ethane Extraction Program (IEEP) began in 2006 a program to reduce green house gas emissions by extracting ethane from the off-gases that result from the processes, see energy history for more information.  

  • Examining the expansion of the petrochemical industry in CanadaPDF iconexternal link icon(2015) Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI) report. 

  • The Hydrocarbon Upgrading Task Force (HUTF) and related reports 2004- 2009
    The industry/government Task Force was established to explore synergies of other competitive opportunities with the refining and petrochemical industries.

  • Alberta Polypropylene Market StudyPDF icon(2004) Williams Energy, Alberta Industrial Heartland Association and the Government of Alberta to study the economic feasibility of producing polypropylene in Alberta.  This study identifies probable markets for Alberta-produced polypropylene and market suppliers that would compete with the Alberta-produced polypropylene.

  • Alberta Polystyrene Production OptionsPDF icon(2000) the government of Alberta commissioned Harry Blair Consultants to examine the economic potential of producing polystyrene (PS) in Alberta. An economic model was developed to evaluate the profitability of constructing and operating a crystal/impact PS plant in Alberta, using local styrene monomer as feedstock, and shipping the product locally or exporting to North America and Asia, results were positive.

  • Alberta Propylene Upgrade ProspectsPDF icon(2000) the government of Alberta commissioned T. J. McCann and Associates to identify propylene derivatives as prospects for investment in Alberta. The report discusses a number of  derivatives that could be produced in Alberta, but three, polypropylene, acrylonitrile and acrylic acid stood out as having superior potential.

  • Final Report of the Ethane and NGLs Task Force(1999) this report was submitted to Honourable Minister Steve West, by MLAs Rob Lougheed and Victor Doerksen on results of the Task Force review of Alberta's ethane and natural gas liquids (NGLs) policy framework.