​New photo of construction at Inter Pipeline’s Heartland Petrochemical Complex

Things continue to shape up at the Heartland Petrochemical Complex site — that’s the message posted by Inter Pipeline Ltd. on Twitter on Tuesday, along with this new photo of construction underway.

The next formal update on the $3.5-billion project isn’t expected until the company's second quarter results announcement on August 10.

Construction of the facility began in December 2017. It will be Canada’s first integrated project to convert locally-sourced propane into polypropylene pellets for use in plastics and other products, and has up to $200 million in royalty credits committed from the Government of Alberta.

“Significant activities” began in Q1/2017, Inter Pipeline said. Civil construction and fabrication activities are ongoing, and the installation of support structures and foundation work has begun.

The fabrication of numerous vessels including the 800-tonne propane/propylene splitter are also well underway at off-site locations around Edmonton, and large number of key components have been procured including major compression equipment, turbines, valving and a polypropylene extruder and pelletizer package, the company said.

Major contractors include Honeywell, Fluor, Kiewit Construction Services, Grace UNIPOL and Linde Engineering.

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