originally built around agriculture. But Alberta underwent a major
transformation from an economy based primarily on agriculture to one based on
energy in the post-war era.
The oil and gas
discoveries in Alberta produced many oil and gas products and spin-offs and had
numerous linkages with other sectors of the economy. Manufacturing products, such
as steel and pipe, were in great demand. The construction of pipelines to move
oil and gas was an important stimulus to Alberta and Canada's economies.
Refineries and petrochemical plants also grew as a result of the secure and
plentiful supplies of oil and gas. Also of importance to local economies was the
wide range of service industries which developed to support oil and gas
exploration and development.