June 18, 2014 – The Northeast Capital Industrial Association (NCIA) is committed to sustainable growth and environmental stewardship in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, and industry operating in the City of Fort Saskatchewan and Strathcona, Sturgeon and Lamont Counties, will join others around the globe celebrating World Environment Day.

“This is a time of year when many communities reflect on their contributions to the environment and examine opportunities to improve,” says NCIA Executive Director, Dr. Laurie Danielson. “As industry leaders, our NCIA members have made great strides with regard to environmental performance and we are confident this momentum will continue well into the future.” Be it equipment upgrades, process modifications or innovative discoveries, all of our member companies have been focusing on ways to minimize their environmental footprint in some way or another.

“We are proud to see our members at the forefront of breakthroughs that can be applied across industry,” says Dr. Danielson. “Shell Canada in particular is drawing attention to the Heartland with its patented carbon capture and storage technology.” The $1.4 billion Quest Carbon Capture and Storage Project will be a game changer for industry around the world. Once operational in 2017, Shell will be able to safely and permanently sequester one million tonnes of CO2 per year deep underground.

The North West Redwater Partnership Sturgeon Refinery which is currently under construction is using leading environmental practices, such as gasification of the heaviest components of the bitumen feedstock to minimize its waste and allow capture and sequestration of 1.2 million tonnes of CO2 per year, while also enabling Enhanced Oil Recovery from depleted Alberta conventional oilfields.

Once Shell’s Quest Carbon Capture and Storage Project and North West Redwater’s Sturgeon Refinery is operational, it is anticipated that these two projects will be equivalent to removing 350,000 – 450,000 cars from the road annually.

Like Shell, ATCO Power is also hoping to add to the world-class infrastructure in the region. It is anticipated that later this year, or by early next year, construction will commence on ATCO’s Heartland Generating Station. “The proposed ATCO project will incorporate the latest natural gas-fired power generation technology,” explains Dr. Danielson. “It’s not only cleaner and more efficient than conventional fossil fuelled systems, it will produce enough electricity to power 400,000 homes in Alberta.”

NCIA members are continuing to demonstrate that they are serious about climate change and sustainable energy consumption. And while Alberta’s Industrial Heartland is miles from the ocean, this year’s World Environment Day theme – small island developing states – was somewhat fitting. The 2014 theme recognizes that there are smaller sections of the world that are home to vibrant and distinct communities with unique geography and resources as well as environmental challenges that must be managed. “As industry neighbours, many of us not only work here, but also live here,” says Dr. Danielson. “Our job is to be good neighbours by ensuring responsible practices continue. NCIA is committed to leaving a legacy we can all be proud of.”

Established in 2001, NCIA has been working together with industrial organizations, neighbours, government representatives and industry stakeholders to support and advance sustainable growth and environmental stewardship in the region. NCIA is proud to be the voice of industry in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Laurie Danielson
Executive Director
(780) 992-1463