What is Energy Processing?



Upgrading---the process of converting heavy oil or bitumen into synthetic crude oil (SCO)-- plays a major role in the development of Alberta’s oil sands. Upgrading is a fundamental step between the upstream extraction of oil sands bitumen and the downstream refined and petrochemical products that are consumed in the marketplace.

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Refining---the process of converting conventional and synthetic crude oil into oil-based products and petrochemical feedstock -- plays a major role in the development of Alberta’s energy sector. Without refining, Alberta’s hydrocarbon value chain would be limited to production and sale of bitumen and synthetic crude oil.
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Polyethylene cord and rope, flexible packaging material, polystyrene cups and other consumer products, such as nylon and plastics are all examples of materials made from petrochemicals - products used in our day-to-day lives. Read more

Energy Processing FAQs

What are some derivatives of natural gas liquids, and what products are they used to make? This section provides you with quick and easy answers to commonly asked questions related to petrochemicals. Read more

Energy Processing Statistics

This a valuable section outlining current statistics regarding the production potential of petrochemicals in Alberta, and much more. Read more

Energy Processing Facts

Alberta is Canada’s leading producer of petrochemicals with a production capacity of 8.6 billion pounds per year. If you are looking for more interesting facts on petrochemicals, this section will provide it for you. Read more