MOSCOW (MRC) -- Canadian midstream energy firm Pembina Pipeline welcomes Dow’s recent announcement of plans for new petrochemicals production in Alberta province, said the company.
Dow plans a net-zero carbon emissions ethylene and derivates complex at its site in Fort Saskatchewan, northeast of Edmonton. A first phase of the project could start up as early as 2027, with capacities for 1.8m tonnes/year of ethylene and 1.65m tonnes/year of polyethylene (PE).
Pembina, which ranks as the leading shipper of ethane in Alberta, estimates that the Dow project will require more than 100,000 bbl/day of ethane feedstock, it said. The project “should have positive implications” for Pembina and other midstream energy firms as new infrastructure will be required for ethane extraction and transportation, it added.
As MRC wrote previously, Canadian midstream energy companies Pembina Pipeline and Inter Pipeline (IPL) are mulling the prospects of dehydrogenation/polypropylene (PDH/PP) production in Alberta province. On May 31, 2021, Pembina and Inter Pipeline entered into an agreement to create one of the largest and best positioned energy infrastructure companies in Canada. Together the companies' diversified and integrated asset base can support and grow an extensive value chain for natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil, from wellhead to end user, that far exceeds anything either company can do separately.
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, PP shipments to the Russian market were 1,138,510 tonnes in the first nine months of 2021, up by 30% year on year. Supply of propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased, whereas supply of injection moulding PP random copolymers decreased significantly.
Pembina Pipeline has been a gas supplier to the North American power system for over 60 years. Pembina owns and operates pipelines that transport a variety of hydrocarbon fluids, including conventional and synthetic crude oil and others, produced in Western Canada and North Dakota.