Predicted investment growth of 30% set to come in 2015 for Canadian petrochemical industry

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) predicts a 30% growth of capital investments in 2015, up to $3.4 billion overall, according to a report from Petrochemical Update. The report cites Canada’s pro-business taxes, ample resources and energy infrastructure as reasons for the increased investment.

Source The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

Source The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

David Podruzny, CIAC’s Vice President of Business and Economics and board secretary, says that the tax system in Canada is more favorable to petrochemical development than in competing U.S. jurisdictions. In Ontario and Alberta, the combined federal and provincial rate is 25%, while in British Columbia and Quebec it is 26% and 26.9%, respectively. Research and development is also encouraged with favorable fiscal treatment, says the report.

Approximately 43% of the country’s chemical manufacturing is located in Ontario, where there is an abundance of shale gas liquid. Several global companies operate in Ontario where industry expertise stretches back generations, according to David Moody, project leader for Business Growth Services at Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership.

Nova Chemicals, one of the companies with operations in Ontario, recently revamped its Corunna Cracker facility to use ethane from the Marcellus Shale as feedstock. By 2018, its capacity will be expanded by 20% to 1 million tons per annum.

The petrochemical industry in Canada also has an excellent position to export to both North American and Asian markets. “Canada offers foreign investors in this sector strong production economics,” says Michael Atkinson, president of the Canadian Construction Association. “[There is] an established production and transportation infrastructure with 19 refineries and 825,000 kilometers oil pipeline system, and access to one of the largest capital markets for oil and gas companies.”

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