Monthly Thematic Piece

Alberta – Can Any Incentive Be Enough For More Chemicals?
July 13, 2020
Products Mentioned:
Ethylene, Polyethylene, Ethane, Natural Gas, Ethylene Glycol, Propylene, Polypropylene, LNG
Companies Mentioned:
Dow, Nova, ME Glycol, Shell, LyondellBasell, CP Chem, Aramco/SABIC, LNG Canada, PetroChina, Mitsubishi Corp, Petronas, KOGAS
Subjects Covered:
Alberta Ethylene, Incentives, Carbon Capture, Investment Costs, China, Asia, Trade, Shale Oil

C-MACC Perspectives No 23

Alberta – Can Any Incentive Be Enough For More Chemicals?

  • Recent Alberta gov’t initiatives suggest “Canada” may be little different to Aramco in terms of future behavior with respect to hydrocarbons investment. Do Dow and/or Nova step up? Or does this attract a newcomer, or no-one?
  • Investment incentives are in focus and being pushed higher, as evidenced by the Alberta gov’t launching of a 10-year program that will issue grants rather than royalty credits for new chemical projects. And, this adds to benefits from an abundant supply of chemical feedstock in the region looking for a home.
  • Alberta (and Canada) attempts to add value to its plentiful natural resources, will be constrained by the price of Crude Oil and ESG, climate change and other regulatory opposition in the US (and also in Canada). Canada’s reaction is natural, but incentives, how ever high, may not be enough – but beware China.

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