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Energy drives Alberta’s economy – and its feedstocks drive a globally recognized and competitive petrochemical processing sector. The greater Edmonton area is both connected and competitive for petrochemical processing or the supply and servicing of this key sector. Its major advantages include:

  • massive reserves of conventional and shale oil and gas as well as bitumen
  • ready access to primary petrochemical feedstocks of petroleum, hydrocarbon liquids and natural gas as well as other agriculture-based feedstock important for fertilizer production
  • highly skilled technical workforce
  • the pipeline, road and rail capacity needed to move feedstock and product to major North American and Asian markets

Edmonton is a member municipality of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, home to global leaders in petroleum and petrochemical processing and Alberta’s largest petrochemical processing cluster. 

This region is responsible for a significant portion of the $31 billion (2012) earned from Alberta’s chemicals and petroleum refining sector (Government of Alberta: Highlights of the Alberta Economy). This revenue is earned from the following subsectors:

  • 60% from refined petroleum products
  • 40% from other chemicals including:
    • basic petrochemicals
    • synthetic resins
    • fertilizers

The sector employs about 14,000 people in Alberta – and the Greater Edmonton area provides about one-third of Alberta’s overall labour force, offering local availability of a skilled and experienced workforce. 

Power, gas and water services are readily accessible and in ample supply for future requirements. In addition, industries that have cogeneration capacity can sell their excess power back to the grid through the Alberta Electric System Operator.

Petrochemical feedstocks of petroleum, hydrocarbon liquids, natural gas and natural gas liquids – as well as feedstock important for fertilizer production are readily accessible and in ample supply for future requirements.

Edmonton is at the center of a comprehensive rail and pipeline network that moves goods in and around the region, and from the region to all key North American markets and west coast ports serving Asian markets.

The Edmonton Energy and Technology Park (EETP) petrochemical zone is well connected to the major highways to move goods and services throughout the continent.

An excerpt from the Guide to Edmonton's Industrial Assets - Hydrocarbon Processing Opportunities in Edmonton- provides more details on the opportunities, resources and the competitive advantages of locating your business in Edmonton.

Edmonton Energy and Technology Park

EETP offers industrial development opportunities for businesses that support, supply and service the heavy industry located within Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. These include:

  • greenfield petrochemical processing
  • industrial manufacturing
  • logistics
  • research and development
  • engineering

Petrochemical Products Available
  • Agricultural chemicals
  • Anhydrous ammonia and aqua ammonia
  • Butane
  • Carbon dioxide
  • Condensates and heavy distillates
  • Ethane
  • Ethylene
  • Granular urea
  • Heating fuels
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Industrial gases and steam
  • Iso-octane
  • Molybdenum and Vanadium
  • Monoethylene glycol
  • Natural gas liquids
  • Oilseed-based products
  • Petroleum coke
  • Polyethylene
  • Propane
  • Propylene
  • Resins
  • Styrene monomer
  • Sulphur-related products
  • Synthetic crude oil
  • Transportation fuels
Edmonton & Area Companies

The Alberta Industrial Heartland (AIH) is Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing cluster. World-class companies within this cluster include:

  • Agrium Inc.
  • Air Liquide Canada Ltd.
  • ATCO Midstream
  • Aux Sable Canada Ltd.
  • BP Canada Energy Company
  • Chemtrade West Ltd.
  • Dow Chemicals Canada ULC
  • Evonik Degussa Canada
  • Gulf Chemical & Metallurgical Canada Corp.
  • Imperial Oil
  • Keyera Energy
  • MEGlobal
  • North West Redwater Partnership
  • Praxair Canada
  • Provident Energy/Williams
  • Rio Tinto Alcan
  • Shell Canada Ltd.
  • Sherritt International Corporation
  • Sulzer Metco (Canada) Inc.
  • Suncor Energy
  • Umicore Canada

For More Information

Kent McMullin

Economic Investment and Development
Regional and Economic Development
9th Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111-104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 0J4

Title Senior Business Strategist


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