Alberta Industrial Heartland

Alberta's Industrial Heartland is Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing region and an essential part of the country’s energy sector network. The region’s 40+ companies provide fuels, petrochemicals, power, fertilizer, and more to local and global consumers. Development in the region is led by an Association of five primary municipal partners: City of Fort Saskatchewan, Lamont County, Strathcona County, Sturgeon County, and the City of Edmonton. This partnership is dedicated to coordinating, advocating, and promoting sustainable development in the region. Working with all levels of government, existing industry, and potential new investors, the Association strives for development that maximizes the benefit for all stakeholders. An eco-industrial approach helps ensure planning and infrastructure supports future development and builds upon industrial synergies in the region.

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Head-Shot---Wayne-Woldanski.jpg“Led by the Mayors and Reeves of our partner municipalities, our Association is dedicated to the sustainable development of Alberta’s resources. The Heartland is a vital part of the country’s energy sector and abundant with new opportunities for future growth and expansion. This includes opportunities for adding value to our energy resources. Our Association is committed to further enhancing value added industries, recognizing the relevance and benefit for all Albertans and Canadians.”

-  Reeve Wayne Woldanski, Chair, AIHA


Williams was founded by two brothers in the early 1900s and has been expanding and diversifying its operations ever since. In Canada, the company processes the offgas produced by oilsands upgraders, returning a leaner, cleaner gas back to upgraders and producing valuable natural gas liquids and olefins.

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Chappell-Dave-052-4x5@300-CL“As the world’s only processor of oil sands upgrader offgas, Williams is in a unique position to extract higher-value energy products and provide critical feedstock to the petrochemical industry while reducing emissions. We’ve invested more than $1.7 billion in Alberta and plan to continue that investment with our $900 million propane dehydrogenation facility. Our company is proud to support the Alberta Plus initiative and do our part to help strengthen Alberta’s role as a key energy and petrochemical hub.”

- David Chappell, President, Williams Energy Canada

North West Redwater Partnership

The North West Redwater Partnership is a 50/50 joint venture between North West Upgrading Inc. and Canadian Natural Resources Limited. NWR has been sanctioned to build and operate a world-class bitumen refinery in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, which will combine the already proven processes of gasification technology with an integrated carbon capture and storage solution. The Sturgeon Refinery will add significant value to bitumen resources and is optimized to minimize the environmental footprint of the facility and make the bitumen upgrading/refining process sustainable in Alberta.

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Ian-MacGregor-Headshot---March-25,-2013“This is the first refinery in the world that incorporates CO2 capture into the initial design, and will demonstrate that Alberta has the lowest carbon footprint solutions for converting bitumen into diesel fuel. We are eager to significantly add to the value that Alberta receives for its bitumen, through the Bitumen Royalty In Kind (BRIK) program and see that value benefit Canadians. Why can’t this be the refining capital of the world? There’s no reason. We have the resources here. We have the intellect. We have the people that want to work.”

- Ian MacGregor, Founder and Chairman of North West Upgrading

NOVA Chemicals

NOVA Chemicals Joffre Site manufacturing facility near Red Deer is one the largest ethylene and polyethylene production complexes in the world. Each year we produce more than $2 billion in products for our customers around the world, whom create a wide range of goods including; consumer, industrial and food packaging products. The site also produces energy products and co-products which are used by our customers for specialty chemical applications.

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GRANT-THOMSON-May-2012-(1)“Great companies aren’t the companies that sit there and make the prediction for what the next five years is going to look like, get that right and then they invest. I think great companies are the ones that take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves, and I’m very proud to say that NOVA Chemicals’ has done a lot of that over the last two to three years.  When our talented workforce comes together with growing and diversified sources of feedstock, Alberta and NOVA are well positioned for future growth and opportunity.”

- Grant Thomson, SVP and President of Olefins & Feedstocks Business, Nova Chemicals

Enhance Energy

Enhance Energy’s Alberta Carbon Trunk Line (ACTL) is the world’s largest carbon capture and storage project. This 240-kilometre pipeline employs safe, proven technology to gather, compress and store up to 14.6 million tonnes of CO2 per year, the equivalent to removing 2.6 million cars off the road annually, or about a third of all registered vehicles in the province. In addition, stored CO2 will be injected into depleted oil reservoirs and result in the recovery of more than one billion barrels of oil, generating more than $15 billion in royalties for Alberta.

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Susan-Cole-Headshot“We take tremendous pride in providing a CO2 solution for the North West Sturgeon Refinery. It will be the first refinery in the world to incorporate CO2capture in the initial design, and use that CO2 for enhanced oil recovery. The ACTL will lay the groundwork for a cost-effective solution to the management of CO2 output; revitalizing and bringing focus to the growing oil industry in central Alberta.”

- Susan Cole, President of Enhance Energy Inc.


Agrium is head quartered in Calgary, Alberta and is a major retail supplier of agricultural products and services in North and South America, a leading global wholesale producer and marketer of agricultural nutrients and the premier supplier of specialty fertilizers in North America. Agrium has facilities in Joffre, Carseland and a fertilizer plant in Redwater which is the largest complex of its kind in Canada, producing about 680,000 of ammonium phosphate and 1.4 million tonnes of nitrogen-based nutrients annual. Natural gas is a key component in the plant’s fertilizer production.