Williams Cos. capitalizes on U.S. shale gas and oil boom


Williams Cos. plans to build and operate a propane dehydrogenation (PDH) facility in Alberta, Canada. The $880 million PDH facility, the first and only in Canada, will allow Tulsa-based Williams to significantly increase production of polymer-grade propylene from its Canadian operations.

Williams Canada, a subsidiary of Williams, is the only company in Canada currently producing polymer-grade propylene, a petrochemical feedstock used in plastics manufacturing.

Williams' PDH facility in Canada will have the capability to initially produce up to approximately 1.1 billion lb annually of polymer-grade propylene, with the opportunity to double capacity with a future expansion. The company anticipates the facility will begin operations in the second quarter of 2016.

Williams plans to primarily use propane recovered from its expanding oil sands offgas processing operations along with local propane purchases as feedstock for the new PDH facility. It will convert the propane into propylene that will be transported to the U.S. Gulf Coast and sold to petrochemical producers. Plans are to sell the associated hydrogen byproduct in the Alberta market. Williams is also exploring development of new propylene markets for its production in Alberta....
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