Status: The call for applications closed Oct. 1, 2018. Initial screening is underway.
Ministry responsible: Energy
The Petrochemicals Feedstock Infrastructure Program will provide up to $1 billion in grants and loan guarantees to encourage industry to build facilities to supply natural gas liquids feedstock required for petrochemical manufacturing.
These feedstocks – ethane, methane, propane and butane – become ingredients for making the products we use every day, including electronics, plastics, fabrics and fertilizers.
Increasing Alberta’s supply of raw components:
- supports the expansion of Alberta’s petrochemical processing sector
- expands Alberta's market reach by processing our natural gas resources into products that can be sold internationally
- capitalizes on a growing demand for consumer products in Asia
This program is one of the 3 pillars of the Energy Diversification Act. The other two programs are:
How it works
The program is intended to encourage natural gas midstream projects to support the extraction and supply of natural gas components such as ethane, methane and propane, with a focus on ethane.
Some examples of eligible projects include:
- new natural gas processing facilities
- smaller project built closer to wellheads
- straddle plants built along major natural gas pipelines that can extract certain components during transportation
The program can provide up to $1 billion in financial incentives for grants and loan guarantees.
How to apply
The call for applications is now closed and initial screening is underway. The deadline was Oct. 1, 2018.
- Petrochemicals Feedstock Infrastructure Program application and guidelines (PDF, 66 KB)
- Petrochemicals Feedstock Infrastructure program clarification (PDF, 122 KB)
- Fact sheet: Petrochemicals Feedstock Infrastructure Program (PDF, 97 KB)
After you apply
Applications will be reviewed with a third-party monitor to ensure a fair and transparent evaluation process.
Applications that pass the initial screening criteria will be evaluated against a set of 8 major criteria. Applications will be ranked by performance.
The top ranked projects may then be engaged in negotiations to be considered for approval under the program.
Approved projects may be announced in late 2018 or early 2019.
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