Western Canadian Petrochemicals: The Business Case (April 15, 2021)

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An introductory course designed to provide attendees with a sound knowledge of Western Canada’s petrochemical and feedstock supply related energy industries. The course provides a foundation for understanding the business aspects of hydrocarbon based industries and companies that could be attracted to invest in petrochemicals or related infrastructure in Western Canada.

The course will be presented in one half-day session.

This live course is delivered by Gerald Goobie, P. Eng., Principal and Dave Tulk, P. Eng., Partner, Goobie Tulk Inc., in partnership with JWN Energy and the Daily Oil Bulletin.

Goobie Tulk Inc. delivers independent, unbiased advice to ensure clients are able to make fully informed business decisions. Goobie Tulk Inc. has sound understanding of the inter-relationships between the technical, commercial, strategic, and economic aspects of the various sectors of the industry we serve.

Principals Gerry Goobie and Dave Tulk have over 75 years of combined experience in Western Canada’s natural gas, natural gas liquids, and petrochemical industries and are experts in the interrelated economic, market, regulatory and commercial dynamics.

Who Should attend?

This course is designed for energy professionals interested in understanding Western Canadian NGL and petrochemicals and the potential for future investments: petrochemical project developers, gas producers, mid-streamers, investment bankers, government energy and economic development officers, petrochemical buyers and corporate business development specialists.

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021

Duration: 3 hours (plus a 30 minute break)

Time: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm (MT)

Cost: US$400 (excluding applicable taxes)

See below for Course policy



Gerald Goobie, P. Eng. Principal

Gerry Goobie is a principal with GTI and has over 40 years of experience in the energy industry including project management, strategic planning, acquisitions and divestments and general management. Gerry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree. He is also a life member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

David Tulk, P. Eng, Principal

Dave Tulk is a principal with GTI and has over 38 years of experience in the Western Canadian petrochemical and midstream industries with much of that time in leadership positions developing petrochemical and related infrastructure projects.  He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Alberta.

More information about the presenters can be found on the Goobie Tulk Inc. website at www.goobietulk.com


Notice of cancellation must be given in writing by email and action will be taken to recover, from the delegates or their employers, that portion of the fee owing at the time of cancellation. 

A 10% administration fee will be levied for cancellations made two (2) or more weeks prior to the first day of the course. Thereafter, the following cancellation refund schedule will apply. 

  • Cancellation made less than 2 weeks prior to the first day of the short course: no reimbursement of registration fees. 

JWN Energy reserves the right to cancel an advertised course on short notice. It will endeavour to provide participants with as much notice as possible, but will not accept liability for costs incurred by participants or their organizations as a result of the course being cancelled or postponed. 


Learning Outcome:

After attending this course, attendees will:

  • have an understanding of the business drivers for Western Canadian natural gas and NGL production and processing as well as the requirements to compete successfully in the petrochemical industry.
  • have an understanding the long-term competitiveness of producing petrochemical products in Western Canada versus other locations in the world.
  • where to focus business development resources and efforts to progress, or be involved as a supplier to the next wave of petrochemical projects in Western Canada.

Course Outline:

1. Introduction

2. North American natural gas, natural gas liquids and petrochemical industry overview

  • Success criteria

3. Western Canadian Petrochemical Feedstocks

  • Natural gas flows and exports
  • Natural gas processing
  • NGL markets
  • LNG developments

4. Western Canadian petrochemical advantage

  • Competitiveness factors
  • Quantifying the ethane/ethylene advantage

5. Western Canadian petrochemical value chains

  • Methane
    • Methanol
    • Ammonia
    • Gas to Liquids
  • Ethane to ethylene
    • Polyethylene
    • Ethylene glycol
    • Linear alpha olefins
    • Styrene
  • Propane to propylene
    • Polypropylene

6. Progressing petrochemical value-add investments in Western Canada

  • Project Development
  • Stage Gate process
  • Project economic modelling
  • Regulatory Issues
  • Government Incentives
    • The Alberta Petrochemical Incentive Program (APIP)
  • Environmental considerations
    • Net zero by 2050 implications

7. Western Canadian petrochemical related current events


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate JWN Learning Certificate of Completion

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Western Canadian Petrochemicals: The Business Case

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