Drawing on its
energy resources, Alberta has developed a world-class petrochemical industry
that produces thousands of industrial and commercial products, including
lubricants, plastics, detergents and dyes. The province's processing base
includes two world-class ethane cracking plants, owned by Alberta Gas Ethylene
chemical and fertilizer companies are located in Alberta, making the province
Canada's largest petrochemical-producing area.
To date some $6
billion have been invested in Alberta's petrochemical, fertilizer and related
facilities. These plants produce 1.5 million tonnes (or 60 percent) of
Canada's ethylene, 1.4 million tonnes (78 percent) of its methanol and 2.6
million tonnes (68 percent) of its ammonia. In 1988, Alberta's petrochemical
production was valued at $3.4 billion, making this the province's second-largest
petrochemical industry is export oriented, and elimination of tariffs and
non-tariff barriers under the Canada/U.S. Free Trade Agreement is expected to
significantly increase sales in the American market.
Alberta Energy Information Centre. Alberta in the Global Energy Spectrum. Edmonton: n.p., 1989.
With permission from the Alberta