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A new plan for diversifying and growing Alberta’s natural gas industry will position the province as a post-pandemic powerhouse for responsible energy development.
The Natural Gas Vision and Strategy is a key part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan and shares the actions Alberta’s government will take to grow the sector and seize emerging opportunities for clean hydrogen, petrochemical manufacturing, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and plastics recycling.
“This plan outlines exciting new opportunities for Alberta job creators and workers. We will meet growing global demands for clean and sustainable energy by building on Alberta’s success in natural gas. Alberta is ready to lead in safe, clean and reliable energy today and into the future. This is a key part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan, designed to build, to diversify, and to create tens of thousands of jobs.”
Jason Kenney, Premier
In addition to fuelling countries around the world, natural gas – expected to pass coal as the world’s second largest energy source by 2040 – has many other uses, including being the foundation for creating hydrogen. Alberta is already a leader in hydrogen production and has strong carbon capture and storage infrastructure in place. Combined with a number of projects being built across the province, Alberta has the potential to be a strong global competitor through the creation of a hydrogen economy.
“Alberta’s 300-year supply of affordable natural gas provides significant opportunity to attract investment and job creators back to the province, building back our economy stronger than ever. Our strategy builds on Alberta’s strengths and taps into new and exciting areas of our natural gas sector. Through this plan we will support a healthier future for Albertans and people around the world.”
Dale Nally, Associate Minister of Natural Gas and Electricity
The vision and strategy were created following input from natural gas industry partners, Indigenous and municipal leaders, and expert advice from the 2018 Roadmap to Recovery report.
“Alberta’s natural resource industry is the greatest economic engine of this country, although the national prosperity it creates is often discounted. Nonetheless, the Government of Alberta and our industries continue to strive for excellence; advancing low-emissions technology and environmental efficiencies. The extraction of hydrogen from natural gas is yet one more example of our collective commitment to being the world leader in emissions reductions.”
Nancy Southern, chair and CEO, ATCO Ltd.
“The Natural Gas Vision and Strategy announced today is a great step in advancing clean tech solutions and shows that energy development and environmental stewardship are both essential and can have local, national and international benefits. The world will need all forms of clean energy sources to meet global demand and natural gas will be an important part of that energy mix, while also being an essential feedstock for petrochemicals, hydrogen, and beyond. Steps like this are critical for Alberta and Canada to remain a global leader in producing clean hydrocarbons from source to end use. We look forward to working together on the actions outlined in the strategy.”
Ginny Flood, chair, Clean Resource Innovation Network
“Alberta has it all: natural resources, skilled people and infrastructure. Putting them together in new ways will diversify the economy and drive our future prosperity. The government’s Natural Gas Vision and Strategy marks a turning point toward cleaner energy, new industrial offerings and a more circular economy.”
Peter Tertzakian, deputy director, ARC Energy Research Institute
“Having a clear vision, taking a bold approach and building on our strengths is what made Alberta a major hub for petrochemicals in North America. NOVA Chemicals is an important part of that success story and our major investments in world-class petrochemical facilities, and innovation in recycling technology continue to build on that tradition. We are pleased to see the Alberta government create the environment for a plastic circular economy and allow our industry to do what it does best: deliver products and innovation the world needs.”
Luis Sierra, president and CEO, NOVA Chemicals
“The government’s Natural Gas Vision and Strategy will add more value to Alberta’s resources by creating the environment where industry can compete to develop the low-carbon products that modern global economies are demanding. This is good news for every Albertan and reflects the critical importance of diversification in order to create a resilient economy. As an essential partner in Alberta’s energy future, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland is well-positioned to serve as a focal point for the growth areas presented in the Natural Gas Vision and Strategy, and our association is encouraged by the new investment attraction opportunities it represents.”
Mark Plamondon, executive director, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association
Alberta’s Recovery Plan is a bold, ambitious long-term strategy to build, diversify, and create tens of thousands of jobs. By building schools, roads and other core infrastructure we are benefiting our communities. By diversifying our economy and attracting investment with Canada’s most competitive tax environment, we are putting Alberta on a path for a generation of growth. Alberta came together to save lives by flattening the curve and now we must do the same to save livelihoods, grow and thrive.
Natural Gas Vision and Strategy
The actions listed in the strategy will support the government’s vision to revive Alberta’s natural gas sector and become the No. 1 supplier of clean, secure, responsibly sourced natural gas in Canada and internationally. It highlights five areas with huge growth potential in Alberta:
Liquefied natural gas (LNG)
Plastics circular economy
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