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Edmonton is the prime location for easy access to northern Alberta’s massive oil and gas reserves.

Alberta is located within the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin and home to the Northern Alberta Athabasca oil sands – the foundations of Alberta’s energy sector. Couple this with huge tracks of northern boreal forest and prime agricultural land and it is clear that Alberta’s resources will support various enterprises for years to come.

Edmonton is centrally located for industrial producers to access the following natural resources:

  • Coal
  • Oil
  • Bitumen (oil sands)
  • Natural gas
  • Forestry products
  • Grains, seed oils and livestock (cattle, hogs and poultry)

Fossil fuel reserves indicate secure supplies for current and future petrochemical production.

Hydrocarbon Reserves and Production Levels

Product Total Reserves 2010 Production
Natural gas - conventional and unconventional 34.5 trillion cubic feet 3.7 trillion cubic feet
Shale gas 3,424 trillion cubic feet
200,000 metres3/day
Conventional oil 1.7 billion barrels 203 million barrels
Bitumen (excluding SCO) 168 billion barrels 705 million barrels
Coal 37 billion tonnes 35 million tonnes
Source: ERCB, Alberta’s Energy Reserves 2012 and Supply/Demand Outlook

Edmonton is part of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland (AIH) region – Canada’s largest chemical and hydrocarbon processing area. The AIH region encompasses 582 square kilometres (225 square miles) of industrial land.

The AIH partner municipalities have complementary land use plans and work together to promote heavy and medium industrial development.

AIH is home to 15 world-scale hydrocarbon processing facilities that contribute to 43% of the nation’s basic chemical manufacturing. This important cluster of global chemical processors produces a wide range of value-added petrochemical products.

Following are current reserves and production for these key feedstocks.

Hydrocarbon Feedstock Production1

Product Total Reserves 2012 Production
Synthetic crude oil   329 million barrels
Conventional NGLs (liquid)    
Ethane 684 million barrels 216,000 barrels/day
Propane 401 million barrels 142,000 barrels/day
Butane 218 million barrels 75,000 barrels/day
Pentanes plus 307 million barrels 120,000 barrels/day
Off gas liquids from oil sands upgrading (2010 levels)2 180,000 barrels/day potential

18,000 barrels/day

Sources: 1. Alberta Energy 2013
2. Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association, IHS Inc. January 2012

For More Information

Ken Mamczasz, P.Eng.

Economic Investment and Development
Regional and Economic Development
9th Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111-104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 0J4

Title Director, Economic Investment & Development



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