Refining, petrochemicals, and biochemicals

Few people know that Alberta is a leading petrochemical manufacturing province, home to four major ethylene plants with a combined annual production capacity of 8.6 billion pounds. Two of these plants - at Joffre and Fort Saskatchewan - are among the world's largest. Many investment opportunities exists in Alberta’s refining and petrochemical sector, particularly in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, a 589 km2 region northeast of Edmonton that is home to Canada’s largest concentration of petroleum refining, petrochemical, and chemical processors.

Refining opportunities in Alberta aren’t limited to petrochemicals. Alberta has an emerging biochemicals sector that is using biomass as an alternative feedstock to petrochemicals in the production energy products and industrial chemicals.

To learn more About Alberta’s Refining, Petrochemicals and Biochemicals Industry, see:

About the industry

Want to learn about the industry? Access basic information and statistics on Alberta’s Refining, petrochemicals and biochemicals industry and its subsectors.

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Want to do business with the industry? Learn about industry opportunities and market trends.

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Want to know what’s new in the industry? See our list of Alberta refining petrochemicals and biochemicals news feeds, magazines and publications.

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Policies and regulations

Want to start a business? Learn about government regulation of the industry.

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Industry stakeholders

Want to know who’s who in the industry? See our list of Refining, petrochemicals, and biochemicals associations.

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For more information about refining and petrochemicals, contact:

Margaret Lange, Director, Downstream

For more information about biochemicals, contact:

Morley Kjargaard, Industry Development Officer