Navigate the petrochemicals landscape and explore opportunities in Western Canada

Take the guesswork out of the petrochemical and feedstock supply related energy industries through a new course delivered by two seasoned industry veterans.

Western Canadian Petrochemicals: The Business Case is designed for energy professionals interested in understanding Western Canadian NGL and petrochemicals and the potential for future investments. The half-day course runs on April 15.

Instructors Gerry Goobie and Dave Tulk, principals at Goobie Tulk Inc. are seasoned veterans in the interrelated economic, market, regulatory and commercial dynamics. Together they have almost 80 years of combined experience in Western Canada’s natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGL), and petrochemical industries.

Tulk was part of the commercial negotiations when NOVA Chemical Corp. and Union Carbide Corporation opened the largest ethylene production facility in the world in 2000 at Joffre, Alberta.

“Gerry and I are unique in terms of linking all of these various parts together,” said Tulk, who worked at NOVA Chemicals for close to 28 years. “There’s lots of people that can talk about the gas industry and about the oil industry, but it's the interconnection with NGLs and petrochemicals in Western Canada that is the space that we have unique expertise in.”

Course attendees will develop a clear understanding of the business drivers for Western Canadian natural gas and NGL production and processing as well as the requirements to compete in the petrochemical industry. They will gain insight on the long-term competitiveness of producing petrochemical products in Western Canada and where to focus business development resources and efforts to progress, or be involved as a supplier to the next wave of petrochemical projects in Western Canada.

Tulk said the timing for the course is perfect with Inter Pipeline in the process of finishing construction on the Heartland Petrochemical Complex and the Alberta government looking to jumpstart the economy post-pandemic. He said they will talk about propane, ethane and methane value chains and the potential for the future.

“We’re very competitive in supplying Alberta petrochemical products into the U.S. market,” said Tulk. “Think Detroit, Chicago, that major industrial heartland. We are very competitive with products that are produced on the U.S. Gulf Coast. We will get into why we are competitive.”

Both Tulk and Goobie have advised the provincial government and industry associations on various incentive programs related to petrochemicals.

“If you're interested in understanding what the background is to all of the initiatives that are out there around petrochemicals and creation of higher value projects in Alberta, then taking this course would give you the basics that you need to understand what's the opportunity, what aren't the opportunities and what are the challenges,” said Tulk.

This course is designed for energy professionals interested in understanding Western Canadian NGL and petrochemicals and the potential for future investments: petrochemical project developers, gas producers, mid-streamers, investment bankers, government energy and economic development officers, petrochemical buyers and corporate business development specialists.

Register here: Western Canadian Petrochemicals: The Business Case

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