Inter Pipeline has given an update on their Heartland Petrochemical Complex.
 
The report highlights the goals and impacts of the complex so far. It was made with the intention to be engaging with the community and show what they are focusing on.
 
The $4-billion complex will be the first of its kind in North America. It's currently under construction in northern Strathcona County and will convert locally sourced, low-cost propane into polypropylene, a high-value, multi-use plastic used in various manufacturing products.
 
Construction of the complex is expected to be finished in early 2022.
 
Environment
 
According to Inter Pipeline, the polypropylene produced is projected to have a greenhouse gas emissions footprint 65 per cent lower than the global average by as much as 130,000 tonnes of carbon annually.
 
The company also teamed up with NAIT on a research initiative to measure microplastics in water sources to help remove them. They also have a United Nations approved environmental operations plan called Responsible Care which helps prevent water from going into the environment and, on a smaller level, works with the vendors and contractors on the site to collect their recyclables and using that to donate to local charities.
 
"There is a wide range of environmental stories about how the heartland complex is positively impacting and conscientiously deciding to help protect the environment and support the local community," said Steven Noble, manager of corporate communications with Inter Pipeline.
 
Economy
 
Construction of the complex has created 16,000 direct and indirect jobs, according to the report. Once operational, the site should create over 1,000 direct and indirect jobs.
 
"That was one of the priorities when we went into the project, was trying to hire local as much as possible. We really wanted this to be a "made in Alberta" project," added Noble, stating over 150 of their vendors and contractors are Alberta-based, particularly in the central region.
 
About 75 per cent of the money going into the project is remaining in Alberta businesses.
 
The report also stated $200-million of tax revenue would be generated for the province during construction and $50-million a year once operational. About $23-million of that is expected to go to area municipalities every year.
 
Community
 
Working to get involved with the communities has been a big part of their plan since the beginning. According to Inter Pipeline, more than $2.8-million and 1,700 hours have been provided to local communities by their teams over the last five years.
 
They have built relationships with Indigenous groups, Women Building Futures, students and local non-profits.
 
"[The report highlights] how seriously we take every member of the community involvement in the project, not just some, and that's something that we've really worked hard on over the last few years and will continue to do so in the future," Noble said. "We're very proud of, and we appreciate the support of those groups, and we look forward to working with them on an ongoing basis."
 
The full report can be found here.