Propane is used primarily for industrial and
residential heating. Because demand for heating fuel is
higher in winter months, we utilize Keyera’s underground storage caverns to
accumulate inventory over the warmer months and meet demand in the colder months.
Butane is used primarily as a feedstock for iso-octane production and as an additive to gasoline in the winter. Butane is also used in crude oil blending.
Iso-octane is a low vapour pressure, high octane
gasoline blending component. Keyera’s Alberta EnviroFuels (AEF) facility uses
butane as the primary feedstock to produce iso-octane. As a result, AEF’s
business creates positive synergies with Keyera’s Marketing business.
Condensate is desirable as a feedstock for refineries
but is becoming more valuable in Alberta to aid in the transportation of
bitumen by pipeline from the oil sands to upgrading facilities. As bitumen
production has grown, so has the demand for condensate, outpacing local supply.
As a result, we also import condensate from the United States to meet the increased
Crude oil midstream operations use Keyera facilities, including
crude oil batteries and terminals, to process, transport and sell crude oil.
Sulphur is a yellow mineral extracted from sour
gas. Sulphur is a raw material used in the manufacture of fertilizers,
plastics and pharmaceuticals.
Learn more about the products we market on our Midstream 101 education centre.