Inter Pipeline Ltd.
Strathcona County, Alberta, Canada

Propane Dehydrogenation (PDH) Facility

​Fluor is performing the detailed engineering and procurement for Inter Pipeline's new propane dehydrogenation (PDH) facility. The facility is part of Inter Pipeline's Heartland Petrochemical Complex and will be located in Strathcona County, Alberta, Canada.

Client's Challenge

​Located near Inter Pipeline's existing Redwater Olefinic Fractionator, the Heartland Petrochemical Complex is Canada's first integrated PDH and polypropylene complex. Polypropylene is a high-value plastic that is used to manufacture many everyday products, such as packaging, textiles and automobile components.

The PDH facility will use propane sourced from Inter Pipeline's Redwater Olefinic Fractionator and other fractionators in the region. It will convert 22,000 barrels per day of the local, low-cost propane into 525,000 tonnes per year of polymer-grade propylene, which is a feedstock for polypropylene. In addition to the PDH facility, tie-ins and modifications to the existing Redwater Olefinic Fractionator will be required.

Fluor's Solution

After performing preliminary engineering services, Fluor was awarded a detailed engineering and procurement contract for the PDH facility.

Fluor has incorporated value engineering best practices into its designs to improve the project's capital efficiency. These practices included modularization, plot plan optimization, class of facilities quality, and design to the estimate practices.

Engineering services are expected to complete in the first quarter of 2019, and the facility is expected to begin operations in late 2021.​


​Fluor is performing detailed engineering and procurement services for Inter Pipeline's PDH facility, which is part of Canada's first integrated PDH and polypropylene complex. The facility is expected to begin operations in late 2021.​​​