Greenview Industrial Gateway Sees Upswing In Interest

The Greenview Industrial Gateway (GIG).

Clarity that came through government announcements last year is helping to drive a recent ramp up in inquiries at the Greenview Industrial Gateway, according to its executive director.

This large-scale industrial development with access to rail capacity is on a 2,000-acre site on the Montney natural gas deposit within the Municipal District of Greenview in Alberta.

“The start of 2023 seemed like it was very much a lull in the market,” Greenview Industrial Gateway (GIG) executive director Kyle Reiling told the DOB.

“I think that companies were very much seeking clarity on such things as carbon price, on such things as where we were going to go in terms of overall incentives.”

Throughout the year, he added, different levels of government, particularly the provincial level, did a better job clarifying what these numbers would be.

Reiling described this shift as a ringing bell.

“… Over the last two months of 2023, the GIG has never been busier in terms [of] inquiries, in terms of companies looking and seeking information on where we are at,” he added.

“I think it is a combination of clarity, and more companies are hearing about the GIG and all the advantages that it is going to have.”

Regarding clarity, he singled out carbon pricing and incentives. This past November, the Alberta government launched the Alberta Carbon Capture Incentive Program (ACCIP), which Reiling acknowledges is among the government-level opportunities contributing to the surge in interest.

“It is very exciting times,” Reiling said. “ … I have never seen more inquiries for the Grande Prairie region than I am right now.”

Currently, the GIG has two memorandums of understanding. One with Cerilon GTL and the other with Northern Petrochemical Corporation (NPC).

The recent uptick in inquiries have come from both domestic and international companies, said Reiling. This includes interest in natural gas projects related to hydrogen, and liquids, such as diesel and jet fuel.

“We have multiple companies looking at that opportunity with methanol,” he added.

Among them is NPC, which based on financing and approvals, intends to construct a facility that would include production of blue methanol and ammonia.

Cerilon’s facility would manufacture liquids. According to a release from the M.D., this includes ultra-low sulphur diesel and jet fuel.  

On what’s drawing interest in the GIG, in particular, Reiling said it’s the availability of natural gas.

“That is No. 1, natural gas supply,” he added.

“It is availability of natural gas — it is the timelines for approvals for natural gas supply.”

Moreover, the executive continued, “It also comes with a lower … carbon intensity, when you are taking natural gas right at the site. We have seen lots of companies that are also looking at that opportunity and carbon footprint.”

The GIG also presents an opportunity in biomass, noted Reiling.

In November 2023, the M.D. of Greenview and County of Grande Prairie were issued a Bioeconomy Development Opportunity Zone A rating for woody biomass. This rating indicates high quality feedstock supply chains and infrastructure, from robust forestry and wood industry sectors, along with local supply chains with a history of stable performance, according to a release from the M.D.

This news is resonating and has been behind some of the inquiries received, in addition to the development’s natural gas component.

In a prepared statement, Greenview Reeve Tyler Olsen said,“This recognition highlights the potential our region offers for bioeconomy growth. The Municipal District of Greenview is committed to working collaboratively with industry partners for the advancement and development of biorefinery projects within our region.”

Depending on the size of the clients, said Reiling, at full build out, it is estimated that the GIG can support four to five large-scale developments, or five to seven small-scale developments.

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