Posted on Dec 7, 2016

Major Pipeline and Petrochemical Announcements are Good for Sturgeon County and Alberta's Heartland

The past couple of weeks has seen two announcements that are good news for Alberta’s economy. The first of course is the recent pipeline expansion approvals. Breaking Alberta’s landlock and getting a pipeline to tidewater will mean Alberta’s world class energy producers can get a world-class price for their products by gaining access to the largest market in the world for our oil and gas resources.

I was very proud to hear Prime Minister Trudeau single out not only Premier Notley’s leadership, but Alberta’s Climate Leadership plan, as the reasons these projects got the go ahead. The failure of previous federal and provincial governments to take climate change seriously was a dead-end for Alberta families and our economy. We are proving you don't have to choose between jobs and the environment.

While the pipeline expansion approvals are good news for all Albertans, the second announcement I want to talk about will have a bigger impact on people in and around my constituency of Spruce Grove-St. Albert.

Two new petrochemical processing plants have been approved under the Petrochemical Diversification Program. The facilities will process propane extracted from Alberta’s natural gas resources into value-added plastics products that people all over the world use every day. This means Albertans will get greater value for their resources while also diversifying Alberta’s economy and creating new jobs. One of the plants will be built in Sturgeon County. It is a joint venture between Pembina Pipeline Corporation and Petrochemical Industries Company. During the construction of the facility, there would be an average of 2,000 to 2,500 workers on site, with additional jobs in fabrication or module shops and in engineering firms. There will be an additional 150 full-time operations and head office jobs upon completion. These are good, mortgage-paying jobs. Construction is expected to start in 2019 and facility would open 2021.

Our government is taking steps towards a brighter future as we move Alberta forward. I am proud to be a part of that government, and I’m especially proud to be your MLA, and represent the great people of Spruce Grove-St. Albert.