Local contractors were among the many to attend Inter Pipeline's open house in Josephburg.
 
The open house was held at the community hall for roughly four hours on Thursday (Feb.8).
 
"We're here in town to re-introduce and update the community on our Heartland Petro-Chemical complex. We have started construction in early January and will drive towards completion in late 2021," said Inter Pipeline's public and regulatory affairs director, Michelle Dawson.
 
The new process will turn propane into polypropylene pellets and there are three phases of the complex. It starts with the propane dehydration facility, which turns propane into propylene. The next step turns propylene into Polypropylene.
 
"Which then takes our propane into a very high value propylene pellet, which can be used to manufacture things like car bumpers and other things," said Dawson.
 
At the open house, questions from the public ranged from, how they can get onto the bid list, what kind of jobs are available, their water use, what kind of air emissions they have and more.
 
iFAB owner Aaron Neil attended the open house to ask about Inter Pipeline's bid process, pre-qualifications, what they are doing to give back to the community and how local people can get involved.
 
"We're looking to get into the pre-qual process with Inter Pipelines, meet some new people and get our face within the community," said Neil.
 
Southfort Inn and Comfort Inn sales director, Stacey Lozinski of Fort Saskatchewan, was excited about the project.
 
"I think it will help our hotel industry, along with a lot of our services in town. I think they'll be utilizing a lot of us for years to come, so very excited about that," she said.
 
More details on the $3.5-billion project can be found here.
 

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