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With a boost of up to $200 million from the Province, Inter Pipeline Ltd. investing $600 million in new petrochemical plant east of Edmonton

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  • Premier Notley announces private investment in a new petrochemical upgrading facility alongside David Chappell (r), Patrick Bergen and Pyramid Prefab Piping staff.

    From the Province of Alberta

    Made-in-Alberta plan attracts new jobs, investment

    Alberta is taking a significant step forward on a more diversified economy with a project that supports hundreds of jobs and adds more value to our energy resources.

    If the plan is finalized, Inter Pipeline Ltd. would invest about $600 million in a new petrochemical upgrading facility that would produce more valuable consumer products derived from propane, including acrylic acid that is used in many everyday consumer products. This major private investment is unlocked by support from Premier Rachel Notley’s Made-in-Alberta energy diversification strategy.

    The project would build on the company’s supply and knowledge of propylene, a product it already produces at the company’s other petrochemical facilities east of Edmonton. Construction would create about 600 jobs with another 50 long-term positions supporting the local economy once the facility is fully up and running.

    “For decades, Albertans settled for less while new jobs and investment went south of the border. So we’re grabbing the bull by the horns, fighting for a Made-in-Alberta plan that represents the single largest energy diversification effort since the days of Peter Lougheed. We’re proud to support upgrading projects like Inter Pipeline’s because they mean more good jobs and top dollar for the energy resources that belong to all Albertans.”

    Rachel Notley, Premier

    Inter Pipeline’s supply of propylene, a gas that results from adding value to raw propane, creates the opportunity to further leverage Alberta’s natural resource strengths and extend the value chain. By producing acrylic acid used in things like adhesives, floor polishes and paints, this project increases the likelihood of attracting investments in more manufacturing facilities in the future.

    “Alberta’s abundance of natural resources has positioned Inter Pipeline to invest in opportunities like this that build on our strengths to extend the value chain and make products that are in demand around the world. We want to commend this government for fostering the environment for companies like ours to grow and create jobs, while competitively positioning our business in the world market.”

    David Chappell, senior vice-president, Petrochemical Development, Inter Pipeline Ltd.

    The announcement was made at Pyramid Prefab Piping, one of the hundreds of companies across the province benefiting from the Made-in-Alberta strategy. As a manufacturer that employs about 45 people in Calgary, Pyramid was contracted to build key components for Inter Pipeline’s project already under construction.

    “We’re pleased to see the government’s vision for the future is focused on jobs and diversification, which will lead to more work for companies like ours to build the components needed for energy upgrading projects. This growth means we can put even more skilled tradespeople to work in the Calgary region and contribute even more to the oil and gas sector.”

    Patrick Bergen, president, Pyramid Prefab Piping

    If finalized by Inter Pipeline, the private investment would be unlocked by provincial support of up to $70 million in future royalty credits under the Petrochemicals Diversification Program, which was first developed in early 2016.

    Quick facts

    • Inter Pipeline’s acrylic acid and propylene derivatives facility would be in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, northeast of Edmonton. Construction is expected to begin in 2021.
    • The facility would convert 60,000 tonnes per year of propylene and produce 80,000 tonnes per year of propylene derivatives, including acrylic acid, when operational.
    • Acrylic acid is a value-added product used to make coatings, adhesives, diapers, floor polishes and paints.
    • Roughly 50 skilled, local permanent jobs and 600 skilled trade construction jobs would be created.
    • Inter Pipeline has already been approved to receive up to $200 million in future royalty credits from the first round of the Petrochemicals Diversification Program for the construction its $3.5-billion Heartland Petrochemical Complex.

    Background

    Made-in-Alberta energy strategy

    • Premier Notley’s government is investing $3 billion to support energy diversification that creates jobs and adds value to our resources here at home.
    • The focus is on two key areas: partial upgrading of our bitumen and petrochemical processing that adds value to natural gas and natural gas liquids.
    • Overall, this commitment is expected to attract more than $25 billion in private-sector investment to Alberta and create more than 20,000 jobs.

    Petrochemical upgrading

    • Support for the Inter Pipeline facility is provided under the petrochemical portion of the Made-in-Alberta strategy.
    • Two projects – owned by the Canada-Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation and Inter Pipeline Ltd. – were selected under the first round of this program, which was announced in 2016. The projects combined for $8 billion in private investment, creating more than 5,000 jobs.
    • The government announced a second round of support for petrochemical upgrading in 2018.
      • Nauticol’s methanol facility was previously selected under the second round of this program. The entire project is a $2-billion private investment in a plant near Grande Prairie, creating roughly 3,000 direct and indirect jobs.
    • Albertans and Canadians use dozens of products every day that are based in part on petrochemicals like those from Alberta’s growing value-added industry including:
      • polyester fabric couches, HD televisions, phones coffeemakers and computers
      • car tires, engine hoses, gas, oil, radio components and seats
      • desks, chairs, computers, carpets, cellphones and other office supplies

    Partial upgrading of bitumen

    • $1 billion in grants and loan guarantees to encourage companies to invest in new or expanded bitumen-upgrading facilities.
    • Partial upgrading reduces the thickness of oil sands bitumen so it can flow through pipelines more easily, without having to be blended with diluent or as much diluent, a thinning agent. Benefits include:
      • increased prices for our resources before shipping
      • up to 30 per cent more capacity on existing pipelines
      • more world refineries capable of processing our product
      • cost savings on diluent for industry
      • fewer emissions by removing high carbon content

    Energy diversification timeline

    • January 2016 – Royalty Review Advisory Panel recommended more value-add within the province, including partial upgrading
    • February 2016 – Petrochemicals Diversification Program (PDP) introduced
    • October 2016 – Energy Diversification Advisory Committee (EDAC) formed
    • December 2016 – First PDP projects awarded
    • December 2017 – Inter Pipeline finalized investment in petrochemical project
    • February 2018 – EDAC reported back, including recommendation of partial upgrading, more PDP and additional support for petrochemical feedstock infrastructure
    • March 2018 – Government launched programs through the Energy Diversification Act
    • Fall 2018 – oil price differential hit crisis point. In response, government took several actions:
      • Temporary limit on oil production
      • Doubled support for PDP
      • Began crude-by-rail negotiations
      • Appointed LNG Investment Team
      • Request for industry interest in building refining capacity
    • January 2019 – Government announced letter of intent for first partial upgrading project awarded (Value Creation Inc.)
    • February 2019 – Canada-Kuwait Petrochemical Corporation  finalized investment in petrochemical project
    • February 2019 – Premier announced crude-by-rail agreements
    • February 2019 – Nauticol awarded first project under second round of PDP


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    1 Police Force. 6 Stories of Heroism. 17 Awards for Bravery

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  • From RCMP “K” Division 

    RCMP Commissioner presents 17 Bravery Awards in Edmonton

    RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki joined Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki, Commanding Officer of the Alberta RCMP, in the presentation of Commendations for Bravery to 17 recipients in private ceremony at “K” Division Headquarters.

    “Everyone being honoured here today has placed the safety of others above their own,” said Commissioner Brenda Lucki. “I hope everyone leaves this ceremony knowing that they have made a difference in the RCMP, in their communities, and in the country.”

    The award recognizes Regular Members and civilians who have demonstrated outstanding courage in the face of dangerous circumstances beyond those commonly encountered in routine police work and which pose an imminent threat of personal injury or death.

    “This ceremony gives us the privilege to bring these amazing stories of bravery, resilience and courage out of the shadows,” said Deputy Commissioner Zablocki, Commanding Officer of the Alberta RCMP. “These are the stories that need to be heard so that we can express our gratitude and give our heroes the recognition they deserve.”

    The names of the recipients and the circumstances that resulted in their awards are provided below.

    Auxiliary Constable Rtd. Derek Bond and Constable Rtd. David Wynn (posthumous)
    On Jan. 17, 2015, Constable David Wynn and Auxiliary Constable Derek Bond were involved in a confrontation with an armed suspect in St. Albert, Alta. During the encounter, the suspect fired upon and struck Auxiliary Constable Bond in the arm and torso. Constable Wynn, aware of the danger, continued to advance and engaged with the suspect. The suspect was able to fire his weapon again, striking Constable Wynn, who subsequently passed away due to his injuries.

     

    Corporal Rtd. Pascal Richard, Mr. Fragoso (posthumous), Mr. Sabbah and Mr. Lines

    On June 30, 2014, a drunk driver crossed into oncoming traffic near Mallaig, Alta., striking a travel trailer before hitting a vehicle driven by Mr. Fragoso. The vehicle was forced into the ditch where it caught fire. Off-duty Corporal Richard, with the assistance of Mr. Sabbah and Mr. Lines, braved the fire engulfed-vehicle and made continuous attempts to rescue the two adults trapped in the front seat. Mr. Fragoso assisted the rescuers by using the fire extinguisher provided to him and attempted to clear the flames on his partner, and his daughter, first. As a result of Mr. Fragoso’s selfless actions, the rescuers were able to extricate his daughter from the back seat. Sadly, Mr. Fragoso and his partner, Ms. Patterson, passed away.

     

    Constable Brandon Goudey and Constable Timothy Stevens

    On Oct. 1, 2016, Constables Goudey and Stevens rescued a distressed man who was in danger of drowning in the Peace River, in Peace River, Alta. The members, along with several colleagues, responded to a request for assistance from the Peace River paramedics and fire department of an adult male who had fallen into the swift-moving current at an unknown point. The two members entered the freezing water, but were deterred by the current. A second attempt was made by the members, swimming 30 feet out and successfully brought the man back to shore.

    Constable Kyle Aucoin and Constable Jeffery Czarnecki

    On June 16, 2016, Constables Aucoin and Czarnecki responded to a domestic dispute in Spruce Grove, Alta. While interviewing the victim outside the trailer home, the constables saw thick, black smoke coming out of the residence’s front windows. Knowing the suspect was still inside, the members raced to the front door and attempted to kick it down. After finally gaining entrance, Constables Aucoin and Czarnecki crawled on their hands and knees through the dense smoke until they located the unconscious suspect. They were able to drag the man outside where he was revived.

     

    Constable Dan Wakelin

    Between May 14 and 15, 2011, the town of Slave Lake was subject to wildfires which caused catastrophic losses and forced the complete evacuation of nearly 7,000 residents. Constable Wakelin arrived with the first response team and maintained his post at the checkpoint through the fire, despite not having protective equipment.

     

    Corporal David Brosinsky, Constable Nicholas Crowther, Inspector Jeremie Landry, Corporal Travis Ogilvie and Constable Adam Rayner

    On Jan. 6, 2014, members from Vegreville, Tofield and Two Hills Detachments received information of a man who was wanted on several warrants, was in possession of a handgun and had threatened to kill an individual. Corporal Ogilvie placed himself in danger to assist with the arrest and was subsequently ejected and run over by the truck driven by the male suspect. Inspector Landry, Corporal Brosinsky, Constable Crowther and Constable Rayner all braved multiple rounds of exchange of gunfire with the suspect in an attempt to make the arrest and remove Corporal Ogilive from the scene to safety. The male suspect was contained in his vehicle until the Emergency Response Team arrived and made the arrest.

     

     


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    Alberta Party announces ‘Children First’ childcare plan

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  • Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel says an Alberta Party government would pursue an ambitious new plan for early learning and child care.

    The ‘Children First’ plan includes expanded direct financial support to lower and middle income families to cover the costs of licensed day care and out-of-school care programs, a caregiver tax credit, and the creation of more affordable, high-quality child care spaces throughout the province.

    Under the plan lower and middle-income families would receive financial support to cover the costs of licensed child care through a voucher program. Vouchers could be used for any licensed child care and will provide a subsidy of up to 100% of the costs of a child care cost (up to established regional maximums) and applies to all licensed child care spaces in the province.

    The subsidy will be income-tested using a sliding scale calculation. For general reference, approximate out-of-pocket maximums (based on income) for child care under this plan are as follows:

    Approximate Combined Family Income Estimated Maximum Cost Per Day to Families Per Child
    $0 – $29,999 $0 per day max
    $30,000 – $49,999 $5 per day max
    $50,000 – $69,999 $10 per day max
    $70,000 – $89,999 $20 per day max
    $90,000 – $110,000 $30 per day max

    It is expected parents attending post-secondary education and those earning minimum wage will receive a 100% subsidy of their child care costs.

    Other details in the plan include:

    • Caregiver tax credit- For families with children who do not use licensed child care or don’t use the voucher program, an income-tested caregiver tax credit would be created to help recognize the costs involved in raising children.
    • Creating more licensed child care spaces- A review of Alberta’s child care legislation will be undertaken, with a view to making it easier to create more licensed, safe, affordable, high-quality child care spaces. Under the plan an investment credit would also be established to encourage employers to create licensed child care spaces for children of employees.
    • Creation of a new Ministry of Early Childhood- A new ministry which would focus on early learning and early childhood in Alberta.


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