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The Heartland Petrochemical Complex of Alberta faces cost increases and a slipping start date.

Inter Pipeline’s Heartland Petrochemical Complex under construction in Redwater, Alberta is expected to see its estimated cost figures rise from $3.5 billion USD to $4 billion USD and the expected startup date move from late 2021 to 2022. 

The Heartland Petrochemical Complex is designed to convert 22,000 barrels per day of locally sourced propane into polypropylene plastic pellets for export as the first integrated PDH/PP complex in Canada.  Construction is underway on site in Strathcona County.  This project was announced in late 2017 and has spent approximately $2.5 billion to this point. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been stated as the chief cause for these changes, including measures necessary onsite to deal with coronavirus.

This slowdown at Heartland follows the deferring of construction at a similar PDH/PP petrochemical project also in Redwater headed up by a 50/50 joint venture of Pembina Pipeline Company and Petrochemical Industries Company of Kuwait, where costs have risen by $400 million to reach $4.9 billion.

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