NGL fractionation use in Western Canada will increase through 2010

The utilization rate of central gas processing fractionators in Alberta should improve from now until 2010. This rate of central fractionation capacity dipped in 2001, coinciding with start-up of the Alliance Pipeline.Central fractionation utilization will increase to 93% in 2010 from approximately 76% in 2000. Conversely, the proportion of Alberta propane recovered at on site fractionators will decline to approximately 20% in 2010 from 25% in 2000.Over the past 15 years, the importance of on site fractionators in Alberta has diminished and several have shut down.The evolution of the Canadian gas processing industry is similar to that of the US. There are important differences, however, w...

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