The birthplace of Canada’s Petrochemical Industry, Sarnia-Lambton is famous for being the site of North America’s first commercial oil well after the discovery of oil in Oil Springs in 1857.
The Sarnia-Lambton Petrochemical and Refining Complex has since grown to include three refineries and more than thirty-five interrelated chemical facilities with processes ranging across the hydrocarbon value chain.
The Sarnia-Lambton area now represents Canada’s second largest cluster of companies in the petrochemical and refining sector and represents the largest industrial sector locally. It is home to many well-known multinational companies, including Air Products, CF Industries, ARLANXEO, Cabot, Exxon-Mobil (through its Canadian affiliate Imperial Oil), NOVA Chemicals, Plains Midstream, Praxair, Royal Dutch Shell, INEOS Styrolution, and Suncor.
- Strategic location on Canada/USA border. Logistics infrastructure to move inputs and product by rail, road, water, or pipeline.
- Existing and shared infrastructure can save new projects twenty percent on capital costs.
- Savings of 35-40% on electricity pricing due to “behind-the-fence” energy pricings.
- Skilled workforce with specialized skills required for the petrochemical and refining industry.
- Integration of facilities across the hybrid chemistry value chain.
- Education, innovation, and research & development emphasize the commercialization hub process.