Upgrader Refinery Plans Discussed in Alberta

Sarnia, ON A team of industry experts has returned home from Edmonton, AB where it made its pitch for the development of an estimated $10 billion upgrader refinery in Lambton County. Drs. Katherine Albion and Walter Petryschuk of The Bowman Centre at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park presented to a group of government, labour, business, and academia representatives in a session hosted by the Alberta Federation of Labour and Unifor Monday afternoon.

The group highlighted Lambton County as a region offering a unique opportunity to increase Canada's bitumen upgrading capacity, using existing pipeline networks to safely deliver the bitumen. The refinery would produce ultra-low sulphur diesel, gasoline, and other high-value products for the global market.

"This was a first class opportunity to detail to a room full of industry leaders the shared goal of Sarnia-Lambton and its Albertan counterparts," said Dr. Albion. "The national effort of adding value to bitumen within Canada will help create jobs and build the nation's wealth." The presentation was made alongside other refinery proposals at MacEwan University in Edmonton.

About the Bowman Centre
The Bowman Centres vision is to significantly enhance the economic base of meaningful job creation, and to create a national centre to advance Canadas opportunity to become a sustainable energy superpower through the generation of value-added products and services from Canadas hydrocarbon and biomass feedstocks. The Centre is working towards catalyzing the implementation of big energy projects as a Canadian Innovation Strategy for the current half century. The Bowman Centre is located at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park in Sarnia, Ontario.

The Western-Sarnia-Lambton Research Park was created in November 2003 with the inception of the Community Development Corporation, owned by the County of Lambton. The Research Park manages and operates the property owned by the CDC. It boasts 270,000 square feet of leasable area and is home to a number of high profile tenants including Nova Chemicals, Enbridge, and WorleyParsons.

Katherine Albion
Director, The Bowman Centre
Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park