June 27th, 2019

Cypress County stripping facility will help supply new plant

By Collin Gallant on February 5, 2019.

Medicine Hat News

A new plastics plant near Edmonton will be supplied in part with propane stripped out of natural gas that passes through Empress in Cypress County.

Pembina Pipelines announced Monday it and partner Petrochemical Industries Co. of Kuwait were moving ahead with the $4.5 billion joint-venture facility that will make polypropylene pellets

The year, Pembina moves ahead with zoning changes and planning for a propane stripping plant it will build near the straddle plant complex near Empress, in northern Cypress County.

That $120-million facility was first announced in the company’s plans last winter, and this summer an adjacent rail loading facility was proposed. Pembina plans to complete the work by the end of 2020.

Production would be carried out via the Great Sandhills Rail Line.

The main Redwater facility is expected to be in service in 2023 and will require 23,000 barrels per day of propane supplied from Alberta facilities including Empress, according to the company.

“Pembina will manage long-term propane supply and provide Alberta-specific operating and project execution experience, feedstock connectivity and strong producer relationships,” a release states.

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