North Dakota governor seeks petrochemicals expertise on tour of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland

A delegation led by North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum (second from right) was in Alberta last week touring petrochemical facilities near Edmonton. Image: Doug Burgum/Twitter

State leaders in North Dakota are looking to Alberta to inform their efforts to encourage petrochemical development.

A delegation of state officials and legislative leaders led by Governor Doug Burgum were in Alberta last week touring petrochemical facilities near Edmonton.

The group consisting of Burgum, Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, House Majority Leader Chet Pollert, Commerce Commissioner Michelle Kommer, Bank of North Dakota President Eric Hardmeyer, Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms and Commerce Deputy Commissioner Shawn Kessel met with industry officials to learn more about the opportunities, workforce needs and economic impacts associated with the industry, the state said in a statement.

“North Dakota has abundant, rich natural gas that could be processed right here in our state to create jobs, diversify the economy and grow wealth in our communities,” Burgum said.

“Gaining a better understanding of how Alberta developed its petrochemical industry will help us choose the right path for processing North Dakota gas at home. Bringing this industry to our state will allow oil producers to fully implement their drilling and production investments while also helping us solve the flared gas issue that continues to limit the Bakken’s growth. We’re grateful to our Canadian hosts for sharing their knowledge and expertise in this high-potential area.”

The North Dakota Department of Commerce estimates that primary and secondary refinement of the state’s rich natural gas could draw more than $9 billion in capital investment while providing hundreds of jobs and generating additional tax and royalty revenue.

JWN reached out to Alberta's Industrial Heartland Association for more information about the tour, but it was not hosted by AIHA representatives.

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