Hydrochloric Acid Expansions
Over the past several years, the oil and gas industry in Western Canada has seen an increase in horizontal drilling and fracturing technologies that use hydrochloric acid. This increased demand benefits both our North Vancouver chlor-alkali plant that produces hydrochloric acid and our Bruderheim transloading terminal that is strategically located to serve the oil and gas industry.
Our Expansion Plans
In 2013, we undertook two hydrochloric acid expansions. Each added 110,000 wet metric tonnes (WMT) of capacity, increasing our total hydrochloric acid capacity to 370,000 WMT/year. The output from the first expansion is sold out under multi-year contracts.
The expansions support higher chlorine production rates during typical seasonal downturns and provide the necessary acid feedstock for other chlorine derivative products, which opens doors to new opportunities in the future.