Developing Canada’s downstream sector is key to maximizing the value of our natural resources, except this is not a straightforward mission. Industry faces numerous challenges including intensifying environmental regulations, aggressive net zero targets, increasing global competition, feedstock volatility, as well as the significant investments required to modernize plant operations.
PetroChem Canada brings together the petrochemical, chemical, emerging biochemical manufacturers together with their supply chain, academia, R&D and multiple levels of government to discuss the challenges of developing Canada’s downstream sector and explore the unique opportunities in front of us.
Themes we are tackling in 2022 are centred around these questions:
What is Canada’s role in fighting climate change and how does petrochemical manufacturing fit into that challenge?
As the world moves towards ending the use of single use plastics, can the industry be sustainable and profitable in a circular economy?
To become a global leader, Canada's downstream industry requires significant investment, exceptional technologies, and improved government policies.
Let’s work together to become more globally competitive by further increasing our processing capacities across the country. By manufacturing more added-value products, we increase the true value of our resources, create jobs; and we will embrace technologies to do it in an environmentally conscious and sustainable way.
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The Sarnia-Lambton area represents Canada’s second largest cluster of companies in the petrochemical and refining sector and represents the largest industrial sector locally. It is home to many well-known multinational companies, including Air Products, CF Industries, ARLANXEO, Cabot, Exxon-Mobil (through its Canadian affiliate Imperial Oil), NOVA Chemicals, Plains Midstream, Praxair, Royal Dutch Shell, INEOS Styrolution, and Suncor.
Additionally, the Sarnia-Lambton Hybrid Chemistry Cluster is made up of more than thirty-five interrelated chemical facilities with processes ranging across the hybrid chemistry value chain, integrating the traditional hydrocarbon-based economy with the industrial bio-economy for the production of high-value products.
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