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Making a Difference: Sundre's New Youth Centre a Hit With Local Teens. 

'The Den' is Bringing Many in the Community Together.

Getting involved and investing in the communities where we work and live in is a pillar for us at Pieridae. It is important to strengthen our community bonds by giving back and helping out.

In the town of Sundre near our Caroline Gas Plant, we have dedicated support to the Greenwood Neighborhood Place Society. Greenwood is a non-profit that is focused on responding to community needs in Sundre and the surrounding area with initiatives such as: community gardens, help for Seniors, family support systems and more. 

In our latest blog, we profile a new youth centre in Sundre called ‘The Den’. With the past two years being clouded with COVID, youth in the Sundre area did not have a safe place to go after school while parents were away working. The Den is a safe space for teens from junior high to high school to  come after classes where they can hang out, participate in a variety of activities or get some schoolwork done.

Getting the Youth Centre Started

Russ Klassen is the program director for the youth centre, which is part of Greenwood’s Youth Enrichment Program (YEP). With 20 years of experience working with teens, his passion for connecting and helping youth runs deep. Russ had wanted to open a youth centre  in Sundre for years, but it just wasn’t feasible until Greenwood reached out to him to create The Den.

“YEP is really there to give teens their own space and to help create community with young people. It also serves to validate them,” says Russ. “How it works is there might be day programs or support systems in place, including the youth centre which I am a big part of.”

Despite Russ’ years of helping youth, he wasn’t sure when asked to be a part of The Den. “I had a pretty rough exit from my previous work with young people so I took a couple years off and just kind of grieved a bit of that period in my life. Then, Greenwood Neighbourhood Place approached me and asked if I would be interested in helping them think about what a youth centre would look like. I actually took a little bit of time to answer, it wasn't an automatic yes. It actually brought back a lot of difficult feelings, emotions and expressions in my life. In the end, both my wife and I said, ‘well, if I don't hop on this opportunity, I'll regret it and I'll want to be involved anyways’.”

The Den opened in November of 2021 after more than ten months of planning. Greenwood conducted an extensive needs assessment survey, asking locals what they wanted to see in their communities -  what was working well, what was lacking, and what services were not being utilized.

Russ says a small group started the process of figuring out what the youth centre would look like. “After the initial assessment, they started asking more specific questions. They talked to schools, did youth focus groups just saying, ‘hey, is this something that you would actually take part in? Is that a cool thing? Is that just lame or nice on paper to a bunch of adults?’ Everyone came back  saying ‘this would be a great thing for Sundre and  we really need this’.”

Word of what the group was trying to accomplish spread throughout the community leading to widespread support for the youth centre, with many chipping in to help. “The business support in Sundre has been incredible, large and small. People just helping with different odd jobs as well. Donations kept coming in and coming in and coming in. We'd be in a place where we're running out of money for a specific renovation or whatever it might be and all of a sudden, another check would get dropped off to say this is for the young people," Russ says with appreciation. ”Lots of businesses came and just did work for us for no cost at all, or for a limited cost, so that was incredible. Grants from businesses such as Pieridae have helped a ton.”

Besides business support, locals want to help out in other ways. The Den has about 25 volunteers presently and the list is growing, with applications continuing to flow in.

Any challenge that came their way, the Russ and others at The Den were able to overcome them with great community support and an excellent perspective: “Challenge is opportunity wrapped in complication. With the help we got overcoming obstacles, it restores your confidence in humanity,” adds Russ. “There's so many people that want to help and it’s really a beautiful thing when the whole community comes together like this.”

The Den and the Impact it Has Already Had

With the centre now up and running for the past few months, teens in the Sundre community have access to a place where they can take part in many different activities. Those operating The Den wanted to have a wide range of opportunities to try and offer something for everyone. There’s always something different to do at The Den whether it’s workout Mondays, board game Wednesdays, or Friday’s which they rotate and do different group activities such as Dungeons & Dragons, or a movie and pizza night.

The centre also serves as a place for teens to learn and think. “On Thursday’s, we've got a dedicated homework spot where a teacher and former tutor supervise if anyone wants help with their work,” says Russ. “We got this group called Inspire that does more introspective things. For example, they focused on black history month in February,  where they looked at a few different inspirational names and talked about their lives. They also want this to be a place where they can share and talk about their feelings.”

He adds has already seen benefits The Den has had on the community. “I chatted with a family for 10-15 minutes and they were so happy that their kid has a safe place to be after school while they are still at work, rather than being in someone’s basement and not knowing what they’re getting up to.”

As for the future of The Den, Russ sees an opportunity to shape youth in the community. “A friend of mine said If you think you're leading and there's nobody walking behind you, you're just going for a walk. We really want to push into mentorship and leadership. We want to focus on leadership that’s helping others. I think one core thing with leadership is mentoring. You're always pouring into somebody else and you're sharing life with that person. We want to just encourage that and create a place like that.”

Opinions From the Community

One parent living in Sundre has witnessed the benefits of The Den firsthand. Monica Rosevear works at Pieridae’s Caroline Gas Plant and volunteers in the Sundre community. Her daughter Brooke is a regular at The Den and is also part of a youth committee board that helped shaped the youth centre. Both mother and daughter saw it as a major need for the community.

“A lot of teens and kids wanted somewhere to go after school. It's really improved things, especially for me, because it's just somewhere nice to hang out and there's games there that you can play. It's a pretty fun place to hang out with your friends,” says Brooke. “With COVID, the kids really haven't had anywhere to go because most public places are not open. So, it's super nice to have a safe, supervised space for the kids to go after school and hang out with their friends,” adds mom Monica.

With projects like this that are designed to benefit youth in a community, sometimes, the individuals most impacted aren’t asked about how this type of facility should be set up. This wasn’t the case with The Den where the Greenwood Neighborhood Place Society wanted opinions from local youth to make the centre the best it could be. “I felt pretty glad and happy that they wanted our input. It’s great that they actually got feedback from other ages instead of just an adult committee putting together a youth centre because with our input it has really made it something special,” says Brooke. For Monica, she was impressed with how it has all come together. “It's amazing that they know how to attract teenagers. They have a really robust group of volunteers that are trained and have all the necessary requirements in order to be supervising kids. So, as a parent, it's just a really nice option. When the kids say they're heading there, I have zero worries.

I chair many boards and I'm heavily involved in the youth side of things. We have a lot of great volunteers and that's a cool part about a small community is that we all know each other. So, you are doing it for your friends and family and neighbours,” says Monica.

She couldn’t be happier with the positive impact the centre has had on her kids. “My son who is 12 also attends in addition to Brooke, so we do get benefits on both ends. It was nice that they got kids involved and then kids can understand that there there's that whole public consultation side of things. When you get community engagement into a project like that, I think that makes my kids even more committed to going there. It's just kind of a fun little time passer whenever you're at the youth centre that I really enjoy. 

“You guys get off work at 4:30 and school ends at 3:30 so it's just that hour in between that we can go somewhere,” adds Brooke.

“Frankly, teenagers are unique creatures that it's all about friends and time with them. So that opportunity and that safe space that The Den has created, I would say is the biggest asset for sure, for our family and just the community in general. Instead of roaming the streets and going in out of stores, they're in a place supervised with adults and that's great,” says Monica.

As an employee of Pieridae, Monica is proud the company sponsored a much-needed centre like The Den. “As we were picking up the kids one day, I noticed that there was a Pieridae logo on the sponsor list. I got pretty excited and felt a sense of pride and happiness that Pieridae is able to contribute within the communities that they operate in. Many of our operators drive through town with the Pieridae logo on their vehicles and people associate us with that. I consider it to be quite important in a small knit community where many people do work for Pieridae.

Thank you to Pieridae for contributing in our communities where they can, and it does make a huge difference in the areas where we operate.”

How You Can Help

If are interested in helping out or learning more about Greenwood or The Den, do any of the following below:

Visit The Den Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thedensyc

Visit their Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedensyc/?hl=en

Visit Greenwood's website: https://www.mygnp.org/ or phone them directly at (403) 638-1011

Email Russ directly: russ@mygnp.org

What does it Take to Build a 250 km-Plus Ice Road? Highlighting the Hard Work That Created Access to Our Northern BC Assets

The harsh realities of winter with its inevitable snow and cold can cause issues for all of us. When you are a business that depends on your equipment and assets always running safely and reliably, these issues can have a very negative impact on your bottom line. At Pieridae, we rely on our wells and pipelines to produce and deliver natural gas year ‘round, so accessing them in winter is vital. 


In the remote area of Sierra/Ekwan in Northern BC, about 450 kilometers north of Dawson Creek BC, it can be incredibly difficult to reach this area when the snow starts to fly. One of the only ways to do it is to build an ice road. It may sound easy, but a lot of hard work and effort goes into the planning and construction of an ice road, and it is not without its challenges. The process of creating an ice road is called “freezing in”. This means removing snow and then freezing the ground to create a road. And we are not talking about a short distance in this area. Think of having to clear and freeze almost the entire distance from Calgary to Edmonton – a huge task! Five thousand hours of hard work in sometimes frigid conditions is needed to freeze the 260 kilometer ice road.

Why is the Ice Road Necessary?

The Ekwan area is largely filled with muskeg swamps bogs of water and dead vegetation- making it very hard to reach. In the summer, the main way in is by helicopter. Winter conditions can make helicopter travel much more dangerous, and with the amount of equipment and crews used to maintain these assets, multiple trips by helicopter are just too expensive. That means the only way to get the work done is to drive in. Without creating an ice road, vehicles would get caught in the marshes and snowbanks, making the area inaccessible without these ice roads.

Freezing In the Roads

Construction of this season’s ice road began during the first week of December and had to be finished by mid-January. The road must be tested and maintained throughout this process until it is finished. Our assets are located between Fort Nelson BC and Rainbow Lake Alberta, straddling the northern edge of both provinces. Crews start from both towns and meet near the middle to complete the project, essentially attacking it from both sides. 

The first step in building the ice road is packing down the snow in preparation for clearing it all off as close to the ground as possible. Using snowmobiles, workers make multiple trips back and forth on top of the snow to pack it down, making it easier to haul away. The snow is either removed by Snowcats, or in cases where the ground is too soft for equipment, snow is hand-shoveled off the path. These machines are built to remove large amounts of snow at a time. They plow the white stuff and push it to the side, leaving a wide-open area for crews to begin the ‘freezing in’ process. The Snowcats each drag a giant tire behind them that presses down on the ground, allowing water to get to the surface and freeze over. This is known as 'driving frost into the ground.' 

Crews must remove as much snow and water as possible. If too much is left, the ground will retain more heat, making the ice laid down too soft to use, or certain spots may not freeze at all. Hand shoveling snow will help any water coming to surface to be exposed to the cold and freeze over.


Once the snow is removed, it’s time to spray water along the path. The use of a floater truck is the main way to get a large amount of water down to create the road’s foundation. These large trucks drive slowly, spraying water out the back to cover a wide surface area. These are also equipped with a hose for spot filling to even out areas and help add layers of water to freeze over into ice. Depending on the area, up to two feet of ice may be needed to ensure the road is sturdy enough to hold vehicles and machinery travelling along the route.

Pieridae uses water from nearby lakes, rivers and dugouts to do the freezing in. The company gets approval from the BC Oil and Gas Commission for the amount of water it removes as we must ensure these sources of water are sustainable for years to come. In the month of December alone approximately 2.9 million liters of water was used. That’s 765,000 gallons, more than the amount of water in an Olympic-sized swimming pool!

On more difficult portions of the ice road like larger river crossings, crews make snow and lay it down for stability once the foundation is set and frozen. Using snow machines like ones you see at ski hills, they can create the snow needed for the final step in building the crossings. Using water and pressurized air to create and blow snow onto the road, crews cover it to create a flatter and more drivable surface for the winter months. These are the critical steps in the freezing in process. Once they are completed, the road needs to be tested for durability.

Dealing with Harsh Conditions

Building this ice road wasn't without other challenges for the dedicated teams who worked many hours to complete it. Crews spent around a full month working in sub 30-degree temperatures with limited daylight in remote Northern BC. Being as isolated as they were, it can be risky if crews are not properly prepared. There is no cell phone service so you don’t want to be stuck and alone. This is why Pieridae ensures workers are always in teams, using radios and satellite phones to stay in contact with one another.

Testing the Road

Testing is incredibly important to the whole process. To do this, water trucks are overloaded with water to simulate the maximum weight of heavy equipment that would typically travel back and forth on the ice road. This will give workers a good idea of whether or not the road they have built can handle the weight. One issue that can happen while they are testing is that the loaded trucks can hit a soft spot and sink. To get the heavy vehicles out, crews will use chains and a lot of force to free the truck so testing can resume.

Once the vehicle is free, the ‘soft’ spot is opened and filled with water again. This is done is a very precise manner - in layers, inches at a time – like flooding a hockey rink. The area is left for a couple days to completely freeze over so that it is once again sturdy. Testing is done in sections as the road is being built, with final analysis done using a truck filled to maximum capacity and weight to ensure the sturdiness and safety of the entire road.

A Successful Outcome

Crews had to work safely but efficiently this year as they didn’t have a lot of time to get the ice road built. The whole process began in December but needed to be finished by mid-January. If this deadline wasn’t met, access to these northern assets would be delayed, which puts the wells and pipelines at risk. These wells need winterizing and only have enough methanol to keep them flowing for one year. If crews don't get to them on time, they have a high risk of freezing to the point of shutting down. The same goes for pipelines. Without doing this winterizing, production could be completely stopped at any one of our assets up there. This time of year is also crucial for well optimization. Our well operators utilize the winter access to unload liquids that build up in wells and pipelines to maximize gas production. In addition, inspections are completed at these sites to ensure everything is operating safely and up to regulations.

 
The long, hard days of plowing, watering and testing the ice road demonstrates the skill and dedication workers had in getting the job done. Doing the work in bone-chilling temperatures with little daylight and having to deal with a host of potential issues makes it all the more impressive.

 
With the work complete, crews took a well-earned rest. Once Mother Nature begins to warm things up in the spring, the ice road will become a memory until many will do it all over again next winter. For a road that is built in a short period of time, a full year of planning and analysis is needed before a shovel hits the ground. Preparation for the 2022/23 edition of the ice road will start before this season’s ice road even melts. Engineers will look for ways to potentially build a shorter ice road, and do additional winterizing of certain wells and pipelines this year to last an extra season. The process of getting permits for the amount of water that will be used begins this summer, with crew selection and picking the day to begin constructions for the next iteration of the ice road happening in early November. 

Battling Frigid Weather to Keep the Gas Flowing

Things have warmed up in Alberta but it was a drastically different story in December and through the early part of 2022. From December 24 through the first week of January, it was cold, bitterly cold, with overnight lows regularly pushing minus 30 degrees Celsius and only very hardy souls chose to venture out even in the daytime. 

During this stretch, family and friends gathered for Christmas and New Year’s to celebrate. It’s thanks to the many men and women who worked tirelessly behind the scenes that the turkeys were cooked and houses stayed warm, primarily from natural gas.

At Pieridae, we are a smaller company but we produce enough gas for about 2,000 homes every day. So, what we do and what many, many more companies in the province do is to provide Albertans with the peace of mind that when they turn on their thermostat or oven, the natural gas will be there.

It really is something we all take for granted, especially on those bitterly cold days when it is a challenge for field operators to just keep the machines and equipment running so we can get that gas.
Operators like Charlie Ludewig and Ken Rouleau know this very well. Charlie has been with Shell and now Pieridae since 1979, while Ken has been working in the field for Shell and Pieridae since 1980. Both work in the Waterton/Pincher Creek area of southern Alberta and support the safe operation of a large-scale gas plant and the assets that support it.

It goes without saying Charlie and Ken have a vast amount of experience and have seen it all. They experienced first-hand the bitterly cold conditions over the holidays this year, but have seen mother nature deliver a much harder punch.

“No, we've seen much worse,” says Charlie. “I think the last couple years we've had eight weeks or so of colder weather. But, yeah, brutal conditions when it's cool and we've got these high winds down in this part of the world.” 

“We have a lot of power issues with the really cold weather,” adds Ken.  “Issues with power lines and power related things. We have quite a few compressors running on electric drives and it's a struggle sometimes to get to those facilities and do any repairs with the drifting snow on roads as well as the bitter cold.”

Both men know that bad weather is part of the job. But even this reality does not always prepare them for conditions where they are not even sure they can get in and out of some areas in the field.

“We’ve run into that a number of times over the years,” says Ken. “Blowing snow and it’s very, very heavy. I followed a D7 Cat bulldozer down the road a few times. That's the only way you could get around in the canyons, there's too much snow for graders. If we get a three-foot snowfall, it's fine if a Cat is in front of you. But as soon as the wind whips up, everything can be plugged up solid. We've had outages for a couple days. Even some wells, we can't visit them for up to a week or so because of those conditions. And it does happen quite often.”

When it does happen, how do Ken and Charlie deal with it? What happens to production at the gas plant and getting natural gas to the public if both men can’t get into remote sites to do repairs? 

“There's been a time or two also that we've ended up staying at the stations down south because we couldn't get back out,” recalls Ken. “So, you pretty much need something with you all the time, Cat or grader or whatever. Equipment is down, we know it and we just basically have to wait until we can get those roads open to get into those sites and get things restarted. And hopefully, we're not seeing pipelines freeze up. We see that quite often as well.”

One might think that if the only way you can get to work is to be behind a large grader or bulldozer that’s clearing several feet of snow in front of you, why are you even out in those conditions? For Ken, Charlie and other operators, that choice is not an option. 

“I remember lots of times getting called out when something goes wrong. Kenny and I head out and you get your head stuck out the window looking for the white line on the edge of the road or the other guy's trying to navigate the road and you can't see anything. We've had to stay there at the compressor station, no choice. It was really bad sometimes in the past when we've hunkered down at the station for a couple, three days until the dust all settles and the same with the people that do our grading. There's been a number of years where those guys on the graders and Cats are going 24/7, 24 hours a day.”

“They'll have guys come out at night to relieve them,” adds Ken. “And if we say, ‘Hey, we can't get to here, we can't get to there,’ they'll work during the night to try and then get us there. We haven't had the dangerous situations or pipeline leaks or anything, but that's where we deal with them, talk with them, assess the situation. And if we have to double up on people doing the road work, we make that happen - bring in other contractors other than these guys that are here to help get us through that hurdle.”

Pieridae’s Operations Manager John Emery recalls those frigid days in the field as an operator, when his hands got so numb they wouldn’t function. He says he had an expectation that production would drop during the recent cold snap. In fact, one industry colleague told him their company saw production fall by 20%. Yet at Pieridae, we saw just a half per cent decline. John credits all field employees, including Charlie and Ken, for this huge accomplishment. 

“It goes to the abilities of the operators plus their skill and foresight,” says John. “Leadership has the comfort knowing our employees know how to to handle these issues. They do things to take control of a situation it before it takes control of you.”

During the recent Christmas holidays when many of us were in our warm houses having an eggnog or pouring extra gravy on our second helping of turkey and mashed potatoes, Ken and Charlie were outside in the frigid cold, up at all hours pulling extra-long shifts.

“Sometimes we'll be out there 26, 28 hours in a row just trying to keep things going and you don't want to bother anybody else because they're enjoying Christmas, so as a pair, as partners, we do what we can to keep things running,” says Ken.

And that was not just a one off, both have worked these hours many times in their careers. So how do you stay awake for that long, keep your focus and remain safe? 

“Well, usually you're sitting in the truck waiting for the grader to clean the roads, so you have a snooze and then catch up to them,” says Charlie. 

Ken agrees. You catch a bit of sleep when you can.

“But a lot of times you're pretty focused on trying to keep things running and difficulties with the cold and the wind and things like instrumentation freezing up. And it's not only one area, you might be 20 miles away from more problems. You and your partner might be split up just trying to keep things going.”

It's not that both men won’t ask for help. When they need, they certainly do. But when that help just can’t get there, Charlie says you go for it and get ‘er done because if you don’t, the consequences can be quite severe. Ken supports that.

“Certainly, yeah, and we had that happen over Christmas there where we had one of our 10-inch pipelines start to freeze up and we jumped on it right away. Charlie and I worked for the day to try and get it going again and we couldn't. And then we had another team come in and we came back that evening and we were able to resolve the problem. But it took a lot of effort in the cold weather and wind, steaming some of the flare lines out, pumping methanol into the system so we could free some of the hydrates. It's a team effort.”

Now, there will be readers wondering what’s a ‘hydrate’ that ken jus mentioned? And, what’s that ‘10-inch line’ he was talking about? 

“We have pipelines that bring the natural gas from the wellhead into the compressor sites and then we boost that pressure up and downstream in this 10-inch pipeline. It's actually pumping raw gas, our gas, to the plant 10 miles away to get processed,” says Ken.

“The biggest thing is pressure and temperature,” adds Charlie. “Your gas has to be heated so coming from the well site the gas comes out of the well itself, it's heated then goes to the compressor site, which, as Ken says, boosts up that pressure and the temperature. Then, it continues on through the pipeline and if the pressure or the temperature changes where it comes out of the ground at the next junction, if that gets too cold, you start getting a hydrate in there and the hydrate can form quite easily. The higher the pressure, the higher the temperature has to be.

“A hydrate looks almost like a slushie at 7/11, and then it can actually go to being like a solid ice plug.”

“It takes a lot of pressure behind it to push it through the pipeline,” adds Ken. “And that's where, with methanol and other things, we're able to try and loosen them up and mitigate that problem. But once things lock up solid with a hydrate, that's when you have lots of issues and you want to try and prevent that if you can.”

Charlie points out the gas we are talking about here is not the same as what you put in your car.

“This is in the gaseous state, it's not a liquid state. It's in a vapor state. So, if this gas is traveling down the pipeline, you want to maintain at least three to four meters per second of velocity. If that velocity starts to drop off, then the liquids in the gas will start to drop down and gather in the hollow spots, going up a hill, at the bottom of a hill or a coulee or something like that. And then this is where we start getting the slush starting to happen. So, you have to stay on top of your line – watch your pressure and line temperature. You got to keep an eye on it.

“If an operator sees something change, then they either pump more methanol into the pipeline, flush the line and pig it, whatever the case may be, to keep things moving along. And as the product slows down, well, then you’re more apt to have the ‘slushie’ start to happen. And if you don't get on it right away, you'll end up with a solid plug and then you’ve got a real problem because now the pipeline’s locked up and that could end up being in a long fight. We went through that here. We had just about a month and a half of a pipeline down because of that happening.”

The pipelines workers at the Waterton Gas Plant deal with are built in mountainous, hilly areas - up and down, around corners - they are not straight. So, that's where you get that liquid build up – places like the hollows, as Charlie mentioned. That's where your liquids drop out, creating the perfect scenario for a solid blockage inside the pipeline.

If that happens, what are some of the ramifications for the gas plant itself? What are some of the worst scenarios that can happen when the plant is not getting enough product or when you're dealing with a blocked line? Ken Rouleau explains.

“Well, they scramble a bit at a plant when they're not getting all the gas they need. They've got to change the way they process the gas and slow things down. They like to stay on a steady pace in there so everything's smooth. And it does give them a bit of a hiccup when we do lose big volumes in some of these bigger lines.”

“You could actually shut them down as well,” adds Charlie. “There's a certain amount of gas they’ve got to have in order to keep the place going. And if enough of it tanks, you could actually shut the plant down.”

And if the plant does go down, you may not be getting enough gas to your customers who really need and rely on it. As well, when a gas plant stops operating, it’s not just a matter of flipping the switch to get things running again.

“At the very least, it’s 24 hours before you’ve got good production because they have to start everything up again and that is a lot of work,” explains Charlie. “So, if we see a major wreck like that, it can be a long time before everything's back to stability again, the way it was. And this can happen from not just the hydrate, but when Ken was talking earlier about power issues, we have a lot of machines that are running on power. If you don’t have power, you can’t push the gas to the plant. It can be a pretty tragic thing. And if you get in an event where two or three places shut down, they're scrambling in the plant pretty hard to stay running. We've both lived through it where the power issue hits the plant. Years ago, the plant went down, the field didn't, but the plant did. And then they were down for a long time because as they went down, they encountered more and more problems.”

Before we move on, Charlie mentioned ‘pigging’ the lines. For the record, he was not talking about a ‘pig’ that we get our Easter ham from! These ‘pigs’ are foam or hard, rubberized, bullet-shaped objects pushed through pipelines with pressure to keep them clean. 

“Well, of course, there are different pig sizes for different lines,” explains Ken. “The pigs we use in the 10- inch line we’ve been talking about, we call them a multi-cup pig and they have round cups on them and they're, I'm going to say, what, two feet long? Roughly. And we put these into the pipeline to push liquids or a ‘slushie’ out. We ‘pig’ most of our pipelines on a regular basis as well.”

“And depending on what the situation is, if you have a hydrate in there or you suspect there's a hydrate in there, you're going to want to try and have a little bit of communication between both ends of where your pipe is,” says Charlie. “You don't want to just say, ‘Okay, I'm plugged up, we're going to fire this pig in there,’ and then you're really going to get it stuck. Once you have some communication, then you can maybe put a pig in and you put a bunch of methanol ahead of it to try and herd the stuff through. As Kenny said, we do pig our lines on a regular basis. There's a crew here that's all they do five days a week – pig pipelines to mitigate exactly this happening. To move that liquid out of the low spots, out of the creek bottoms and keep stuff moving along.”

There's a high level of knowledge needed to do this type of work. You really hone those skills when you’ve been through as many situations as Charlie and Ken have for the past few decades. Problems will come up but, instinctively, you know what to do.

“In the wintertime it's probably a daily thing,” agrees Ken. “Lots of times there's many issues and more so this time of year in the wintertime and springtime when we get the thaws and stuff like that in the ground, it makes it more difficult. So yeah, there's definitely lots of times that you'll be dealing with this – whether it’s midnight or three o'clock in the morning.”

“Ken was on call during Christmas and that's exactly what they were doing,” adds Charlie. “They were out here pumping methanol, jockeying gas down different lines to try and put it down a lower pressure line to get that flow happening, to get rid of that slushie, get things moving. And he spent a lot of hours doing that and another crew came behind him. So yeah, it doesn't happen every day but here again, like I say, we got to stay on top of the game and watch everything. And sometimes you don't have much room for error, if you miss it, you're in trouble.”

Both have grown accustomed to dealing with extreme weather and serious situations over the years, but there was one particular time Charlie recalls when an avalanche caused a lot of issues for the pair. A large compressor station - 100 feet by 300 feet, with 24-foot high ceilings - was walloped with snow one winter.

“It filled the whole compressor site, blew the doors in. You had four feet, five foot deep snow inside the compressor building packed hard. Now, these buildings are big so we spent five days cleaning it up to the point that we could actually run it.”

“If I can add to that, most of our well sites are in valleys,” says Ken. “We've got some pretty steep slopes in behind these sites and compressor buildings so avalanche protectors are a must for the wellheads. We see these condition quite often during the winter months and it can build up on the slopes and then it just releases whenever mother nature lets it. We're kind of at the mercy of that with all the snow and frigid temperatures. When I talk to my wife, she would look out the window and say, ‘I don't even want to go out there and shovel the sidewalk’!”

It’s clear both Charlie and Ken take great pride in the work they’ve been doing for more than 40 years. Pulling 26, 28-hour shifts, battling blizzards and six foot snow drifts –the ‘silent heroes’ of the natural gas sector. They simply do their job – day in, day out – helping get us the natural gas we need, without too many people noticing...

“Yeah, well, we've been here a long time,” Charlie says. “We show ownership and pride in the part of the field that you run and try and look out for the other guy’s area. I come from the compressor site end of it so I'm down where the big sites are, where they are training new guys that are coming along and Ken has been there, too. He has good on the wells and the compressors. We both have a lot of pride in what we do. And we try and make sure that things are working right so that we don't have problems.”

Words from Ayrton Senna, former F1 driver and multiple World Driver’s Championship winner, sums things up quite well:

‘I have no idols. I admire work, dedication and competence’

To learn more about the situation we faced a couple of weeks back and also some detail on Alberta's natural gas industry, click on the links below:

https://www.spglobal.com/platts/en/market-insights/latest-news/natural-gas/010322-western-canada-cold-snap-continues-driving-up-demand-lower-production

https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/extreme-cold-grips-much-western-canada-hits-restart-key-pipeline-2022-01-06/

https://www.alberta.ca/natural-gas-overview.aspx

Showing Support for the Communities We Live In

As we continue to move our way through the COVID pandemic, it is more important than ever to show compassion and care for those in need. 


Employees at our Jumping Pound and Caroline gas plants made donations and spent time helping their communities this holiday season. 


At Jumping Pound, workers donated to both the Cochrane Food Bank, and the Iyahrhe Nakoda food bank, which provides nutritious food hampers to the people of the Stoney Nakoda First Nation. Their donations will go a long way to supporting families throughout the holidays and beyond.


Colin Sale, who works at the Jumping Pound complex, shares what helping the community means to him and his colleagues. “The majority of us live in Cochrane and know someone that has gone through hard times, especially in the last few years. We like to help out and support local families in need, “said Colin.


Kathy Tucker, who is chairperson at the Cochrane Food Bank, notes the affects the second year of the pandemic had on the community. “It has been a very up and down year in terms of how many people need help,” said Kathy. “We are seeing more now with the government taking assistance away.”. 


With people needing more help around the holidays she greatly appreciates how much the community has stepped up. “Words can’t express how generous the community is. People are unbelievably great with spending their time and money to support us. This is such a great community. We are really thankful for Pieridae spending their time to help out the community so much.”


Donations made this season will be going towards the Cochrane Food bank’s school lunch program to ensure kids have a healthy lunch every day. 


“Kids are really the backbone of our community and world,” Kathy adds. “People will drive out here on Tuesday and Thursday nights to let us know how much they need. We make good and healthy perishable lunches with fruits and veggies, meats, dairy, etc.. Some parents are struggling to provide during this time of year, this program gives them another option to ensure their kids get the nutrition they need.”


The Iyahrhe Nakoda Food Bank Society serves the Stoney Nakoda members of Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley bands in the communities of Morley, Eden Valley and Big Horn. Currently they support more than 40% of the total Nakoda population. Due to limited economic opportunities and limited education, many in the community must depend on social programming as a way of life. 


Since 2019 workers at Pieridae’s Jumping Pound Gas Plant have been supporting the Iyahrhe Nakoda Food Bank.


At our Caroline Gas Plant, workers there believe in supporting both Sundre Santa’s and the Shepherds Food Bank in Caroline. Every year, they partner with Santa’s Anonymous with a donation to help provide over 300 individuals with food hampers during the holiday season. This will help many families throughout the holidays and during harsh winter months so that they will have food on the table.


The Shepherds Food Bank is run out of the Caroline Church of the Nazarene and delivers food hampers to families to relieve some of the pressure of the holiday season. Employees at the Caroline Gas Complex donate their time to help put together these hampers and help out their community during this time of need. Thalia Aspeslet, the Consultation and Regulatory Advisor as well as Community Liaison Officer for Caroline, did her third annual hamper building for the food bank since starting with Pieridae.


“This year we made 47 hampers and took about two hours to complete this project,” said Thalia. “Helping out those who are struggling is a humbling experience for me. I put a lot of care into building these hampers and think about the people who need this service and what it must feel like to have to use it. Parents around this time of year may have to choose between feeding their family or getting their children gifts. This program helps those families to not have to make that decision and provide some Christmas magic,” she added.


It is important to keep supporting each other during these difficult times, and continue to be a good neighbour in the communities our staff live and operate. The holidays can be difficult for many, even when we are not in the midst of a pandemic, so please show kindness and help out those who need it most.

If you want to learn how you can help any of the organizations mentioned click any of the links below:

https://www.cochraneactivettes.com/cochrane-food-bank/

https://www.facebook.com/Iyahrhe-Nakoda-Foodbank-Society-250621278389503/

https://www.mygnp.org/portfolio-items/sundre-santas/

http://www.carolinechurch.ca/food-bank.html

Pieridae CEO Looks Back at 2021 and Ahead to Next Year

There was much to celebrate in 2021, especially on the operations side of our business. We had a pair of large turnarounds, which are planned maintenance shutdowns, at two of our gas complexes: Jumping Pound and Caroline. Both were completed very close to on budget and on time and that took a significant amount of planning effort. 

The fact that we were able to continue those two turnarounds without any degree of interruption because of COVID is a testament to the efforts of the Pieridae team, led by Jason Billick, Conrad Kenney and Mark Weiss. 

A big win for all!

From an overall macroeconomic perspective, the rise in energy prices, including the recovery of oil prices after the beating they took in 2020, helped to stabilize the ship somewhat and allowed us to begin the process last summer to find ways of either recapitalizing Pieridae or selling assets or the company itself. 

Both these events had a very significant impact on our 2021 story and continue to have a big impact. The turnarounds have ensured the facilities are ready for the winter and that should allow us to do a significant amount of upgrading of our financial situation by the fact we have all of our assets well maintained as we get ready for the inevitable cold!

Specifically with the Strategic Review, the process was initiated to identify potential partners or other organizations that would be able to do one of two things: recapitalize the balance sheet or look for some type of a transaction that would either monetize the assets or monetize the company. 

We have partnered with Peters and Co., a leader in this space, to develop and implement a very in depth and robust process. Over 400 companies received a detailed ‘teaser’ that laid out the positive aspects of the company. Twenty six companies participated in presentations and discussions with Pieridae to gain further knowledge about the firm, leading to about 10 putting in notices of interest. 

One key learning out of the whole process is that our conventional natural gas assets are very specialized and suited for the Alberta Foothills. What we've seen since the unconventional boom in natural gas occurred well over 15 years ago now, really showed that conventional gas was overly risky for the risk/reward profile. Where unconventional gas tends to be much more of a manufacturing process, conventional gas still remains a bit of a hit and miss type scenario.

You go from having a very high probability of hitting a resource base to a scenario that, even with the greatest planning, could still end up resulting in no production. And because of that, I think the marketplace, right now, has no real interest in developing conventional gas fields. This was demonstrated in the results that we saw over the course of the Strategic Review where there were very limited players who came to the table. Those who did come forward tended to have very specific reasons for looking at the assets of Pieridae. We are still determining where things will ultimately land.

Concurrent with the Review, we have been looking for ways to recapitalize Pieridae’s balance sheet. We had two companies that showed a significant interest in recapitalizing Pieridae with the view of developing long term gas supply for their needs. Discussions continue to try and come to some terms that make sense for both shareholders and for Third Eye. Obviously, Third Eye plays a big role in this whole story because they are our majority lender today. And we need to find a way to significantly deal with the roughly $275 million we owe them.

That has really been the catalyst to this whole process, to find a way to ensure that not only our shareholders receive a return on the investment they made, but also that employees themselves get a good outcome out of all this and we don't end up in a scenario where the assets are acquired and no staff went with them.

We were targeting resolving these matters as quickly as possible. At the very least, we have already begun discussions with Third Eye to try and postpone the term loan deferred fee payment on the 4th of January, 2022 and to continue working with them to find the resolution that fits everybody's needs.

It seems we cannot escape any sort of a company update in the last two years or so without discussing COVID. While we have not experienced any significant production setbacks due to the pandemic, it has had quite an impact on us by essentially derailing the company’s basic business plan. That plan was to build the Goldboro LNG project, fully integrate it into the natural gas markets in Western Canada, and finance that whole process by having our long term natural gas sales agreement with German energy company Uniper. 

Almost all of that business plan has now been sidelined. 

COVID helped lead to the demise of the LNG Project as the cost structure just got out of hand where price inflation put the project on its heels to a point where building it was going to be very speculative, very expensive, and maybe it would end up being a white elephant. And that's what some are saying about LNG Canada’s initiative right now - these big LNG projects, perhaps, their time in the sun has come to an end. 

That said, many European countries need natural gas but do not want to be seen as supporting multi-stage fracking. And so, Pieridae’s Foothills assets checked a lot of really good boxes as they produce conventional natural gas. But unfortunately, without the access to an LNG terminal, we can't access those markets that are willing to pay a premium for conventional gas. 

LNG facilities aside, we do still need to resolve the issue of the transfer of licenses from Shell to Pieridae for the Foothills assets we purchased in the fall of 2019. Recently, there's been a major development where the Alberta Energy Regulator or AER has put out new guidelines for companies when transferring assets. Those guidelines are significantly more stringent than what existed when we originally did the transaction with Shell. I think that had these new restrictions been in place or conditions for transfer, it's unlikely that Shell would've sold us the assets, and it's unlikely Pieridae would've accepted them. So, this becomes a difficult scenario that we're going to have to deal with. In speaking with Shell, we've been trying to come up with what makes the most sense. 

One of the positive things that has come out of the last two years is that we have worked really closely with Shell to make sure the assets are maintained properly.

The Pieridae team has done a superb job of this with the employees of all three gas processing facilities doing most of the heavy lifting to make sure these assets have been well maintained. When we look at the inspections that have occurred over the last two years, the majority of the time when we have been given a thumbs down on inspections, it has been because of work that was not completed before we took over these assets. And in places where we have been inspected, where we have done all the work that Pieridae was supposed to do, we always pass. Yvonne McLeod and her team have done a really great job of making sure the assets are maintained in a spectacular manner.

When you look at our workers compensation claims history, it has been so minimal that our cost of WCB for the upcoming year is going to be almost 50% lower than industry average, all due to the hard work that's being done on the health and safety side to make sure we prove to the regulator we can operate these assets well. So, if we are able to divide these assets up into two separate groups, I feel we will be able to make a transfer work.

There is probably no clear path in how to deal with Waterton and Jumping Pound. Pieridae's balance sheet will never be big enough to deal with the reclamation work that has to occur at those two sites. We knew that going into the sale process. And that is why Shell proposed a solution and we accepted, because they were going to continue to wear that liability. 

The important thing for everyone to remember is that Pieridae continues to own these assets. That has not changed. And ultimately, Shell has to find a solution that works for them.

These assets have performed well for us. Our first quarter 2021 results recorded Pieridae's highest ever quarterly natural gas production and we maintained solid production throughout 2021. 

Another big win is that we are likely going to end the year with a production decline rate of less than five per cent. A lot of that has to do with the fact we have been able to do small deals that brought in new production for a low cost. When you look at unconventional players, decline rates are 30-40 per cent annually and so they have to spend $200-$300 million dollars every year just to stay flat. At a cost of less than $10 million, we managed to keep our production within a two per cent decline rate – a very large accomplishment for our geology and engineering teams. They all should be proud of that outcome.

Where low decline rates were a highlight, hedging has been a challenge. Most of our hedges did fall off before winter but due to requirements from our lender, we are still significantly hedged for next summer. Prices remain volatile but much higher than the last few years. We were looking to see how much revenue we could collect in the first quarter of next year to get us off to a really good start. Commodity prices have moved a lot and continue to do so. They always have and always will. 

As we go through this process of refinancing the business, one of the things that we're looking at is removing volumetric hedging and embracing a revenue protection model of hedging. That should have a bigger impact on our ability to understand the marketplace. 

One should remember hedging isn't a bad thing, it's just often very expensive because you've got to have credit to do it, you've got to ensure volumes are going to be made available when they are needed. It’s a very delicate game you have to play when it comes to understanding the impact hedges have on your overall business. And they do play a role in protecting revenue. And I think that's the lesson out of the last six months - it's very difficult to hedge in a rising market, but you need to do hedging. You need to be prepared to hedge in a falling market. And that's really what we're trying to do right now, is find a much lower cost way of protecting revenue rather than the hedging program that we had in 2020 and 2021.

Just to put it in context, if you look at what happened in 2020, when natural gas and crude oil prices collapsed significantly, more so than they'd ever had in the history before. Pieridae was hedged going into that and those hedges were well in the money. One of the reasons why we survived part of 2020 was the fact that we took advantage of our hedge position and it allowed us to take some money off the table, which helped us pay bills and helped keep us going. So, hedging is a bit of a double edged sword, but it can be used effectively to manage budgetary risk and that's really the way we're going to look at it in the future.

I mentioned LNG earlier in this piece and it is unfortunate we were not able to reach a final investment decision for our Goldboro LNG Project last summer. I do think that, ultimately, Canada has to have more than one customer. And the Americans aren't there to do us any favours. The fact we had a significant amount of support from German energy company Uniper to bring Canadian gas into the German marketplace reinforces the disappointment that we couldn't close the deal. These LNG projects are marathons and like any marathon, the most disappointing result is to fail at the very end of that long race. Having run a few of them myself, there's nothing worse than feeling you're not going to finish and that's somewhat what happened here. We were so close to the finish line, so close to realizing a new marketplace for Western Canadian gas, that for it to all fall apart in the last three or four weeks of May, early June, certainly was disappointing.

As we said last summer in our Q2 earnings news release, Pieridae is analyzing the potential for a floating LNG option. What we are looking at is a much smaller project than Goldboro LNG. Any initiative must work with our current production and we would need to get the gas to market sooner than later. The third criteria is that we absolutely need to have a partner, and we're not going to take all of the risk on our balance sheet. We tried that already. Ultimately, this approach put too much financial strain on the company and we will not repeat this under any circumstances. 

Natural gas continues to be viewed as a bridge fuel as the world continues a methodical, even-paced transition to lower carbon fuels. This path and a greater focus on diversity and equity in the workplace have propelled ESG, or Environmental, Social and Governance, into the spotlight in recent years. Pieridae recognized this and we were proud to release our inaugural ESG Report in 2021. 

We are on our way to being able to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. A lot of that is centered around carbon sequestration and methane emissions reduction. We need to show the marketplace Pieridae is serious about meeting this goal, and, in fact, the marketplace itself is going to continue to demand it. That said, it is going to be challenging to meet some of the requirements government has put in the path of the industry.

Our Caroline Carbon Capture Blue Power Project announced earlier in 2021 provides a long term solution to meeting those requirements. It is quite an innovative plan where we combine large-scale carbon storage underground while producing clean power to both operate our Caroline Gas Plant and then sell the remaining clean electricity to the Alberta grid. This strategy of carbon neutrality can become a significant part of the company's forward business plan.

Emissions aside, we do know that filling up Caroline and our other two plants with natural gas is key to the long term financial success of Pieridae. We are hopeful to begin a drilling program in 2022 that would begin to do just that. The plan is focused on drilling our assets near the Caroline facility first. We have a lot of the approvals in place and less consultation needs to be done there.

Pieridae also continues to look at what kind of relationship we could build with our First Nations neighbours on the Stoney Nakoda reserve lands. They contain the largest untouched conventional resources so bringing that gas supply to our Jumping Pound facility is important and we hope to begin planning that process next year, with drilling happening in 2023. It's a way for us to work with our First Nations partners and allow them access into the gas plant and the benefits that come with it.

With our current business plan, we know that our liquidity challenge and paying all of our vendors continues to be an issue. Our number one priority is to continue to work on clearing up the stale-dated payables over time. By the end of 2021, we're going to be in a very good position to have removed a significant portion of late payments. 

Derek Frechette has done an excellent job of weeding out those suppliers where Pieridae just wasn't the right fit for them. Today, we have probably over 500 vendors. We want to get that list down to under 200 over time. 

As I look ahead to next year, energy continues to be an important part of the Canadian story. You look at our export numbers in the last few months of 2021, it's all been driven by energy and it continues to be a big part of our ability to finance Canadian social programs. Now that Enbridge’s Line 3 is back in service and Trans Mountain is coming towards the end of it's a construction phase, that's going to be a significant amount of pipeline capacity available to move crude oil, which will continue to bring funding into the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. I feel liquids and liquids prices are going to remain stable and where Canada is a significant player exporting product into the United States. On the natural gas side, the growing demand for gas south of the border to feed their LNG business is key as the US grows to potentially becoming the largest supplier of LNG to the world.

We may not participate on the LNG side directly, but indirectly we will. The biggest new source of natural gas the US has right now is to begin looking at taking more from Canada. So that bodes well for the price here. I don't think we're going to see prices going back to where they put us in financial jeopardy. We are a high cost producer and need prices above $2 to make any money. Given the current environment in North America for natural gas, we see a much strengthened marketplace, less requirements on our balance sheet, and if we can get our restructuring done, the company is in a position to grow next year.

With the challenges of 2021, not the least of which was another year under the weight of the pandemic, my hope is we are able to embrace 2022 and the promise it will hopefully bring. 

Spend some time with family, with friends and loved ones over Christmas and the holidays and celebrate what you treasure most.

I’ll close by stealing some wisdom from Canadian actor and Parkinson survivor Michael J Fox:

‘Gratitude makes optimism sustainable…” 

Alfred Sorensen
Pieridae Chief Executive Officer

Keeping Carbon in the Ground & Producing Clean Power for Albertans - Pieridae’s Unique Carbon Capture & Clean Power Project Pushes Forward

Experts feel we won’t achieve net zero GHG emissions by 2050 unless we use technologies such as Carbon Sequestration, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) on a large-scale. CCS is the process of capturing carbon dioxide (CO₂) formed during power generation and industrial processes and storing it so that it is not emitted into the atmosphere.

At Pieridae, we are doing our part by advancing the Caroline Carbon Capture Power Complex. This large-scale CCS and blue power production complex will be located at our Caroline Gas Plant in Alberta.

The Complex will capture and store underground up to three million tonnes of CO₂ annually produced by the gas processing facility, power production at site and third parties. Every year, that’s the equivalent of taking more than 650,000 cars off the road, or eliminating 4.4 billion kilowatt-hours of coal-fired power, enough electricity to power more than 610,000 homes annually.

The underground depleted gas reservoir that will store the carbon has enough capacity to sequester up to 100 million tonnes of CO₂ over three-plus decades.

This initiative positions Pieridae to play a key role in helping to lower overall Canadian greenhouse gas emissions. By capturing and storing carbon on such a large scale, we move further down the strategic path of ensuring our company is net carbon negative.

Business Development Engineer and former Project Lead Hesanka Garusinghe did a lot of the heavy lifting for the project before leaving the company recently. He says what sets Pieridae apart with its CCS project is that the company will reuse and repurpose existing infrastructure at Caroline. But what a lot of people don't know is this project was originally proposed by Shell, where Hesanka used to work.

“It was close to five years ago when Shell started looking at how could they make the Caroline Gas Complex fit for the future and deal with emissions regulations,” says Hesanka. “So, they analyzed potential options, including CCS, but at that time, there wasn't enough government policy certainty to pursue that option. But they did do a lot of detailed work on a similar project and had progressed it quite far to where half of the work needed was completed.” 

Hesanka says Pieridae’s initiative is an exciting opportunity and he was grateful to lead it in the development stage. 

“We're trying to build up to a gigawatt of power generation, clean power generation, and then up to three million tons of CO₂ stored underground. The project includes a combined cycle, gas fired power generation unit, where its emissions are captured and the resulting clean power is both used at site and also sold to the Alberta grid. You are also capturing the CO₂ produced from the gas processing facilities. So, we're going to start with phase one which is a smaller, 100 megawatt unit power generation unit.”

Hesanka reminds us most Albertans get their power from coal fired plants. Once those plants are retired, which the provincial government is commitment to doing by 2023, or even once the coal plants are decommissioned, the majority of the province’s power will still come from older natural gas-fired facilities that do not have a CCS component. So, he adds, the entire Alberta grid is essentially not as efficient or cleaner than the power component of Pieridae’s initiative - your output is both clean power and green natural gas and liquids coming out of the plant.

With the Canadian Government committing at the 2021 COP26 meeting in Glasgow, Scotland to stronger emissions restrictions for the country’s oil and gas sector, your ability to limit or eliminate emissions across the value chain becomes paramount. Canada’s energy industry has big plans for carbon capture and storage to help meet whatever targets come its way but as Calgary Herald energy journalist Chris Varcoe asked in one of his columns: will producing oil with carbon capture technology allow for continued, or even additional, production as Canada moves toward a net-zero target by 2050?

That is a key question, and one Varcoe asked Canada’s new Environment and Climate Change Minister and self-proclaimed activist Steven Guilbeault when he was in Calgary meeting with leaders of local oil and gas companies. His response: “In theory, if it’s carbon-free oil, it could. But will the demand be there in the same way it is now, I think is a fair question to be asking. “My issue has always been with pollution. But I’m part of a government that has been very clear on this: We’re not going after production; we are going after the emissions.”

Pieridae will do just that – focus on analyzing what it can do with its emissions.

Hesanka Garusinghe has done his CCS research, analyzing other projects such as the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line, Saskatchewan’s Boundary Dam CC Project, and Shell’s Quest initiative. All have provided helpful insight and data through the Alberta and Canadian Governments used to progress Pieridae’s venture.

“You're able to calibrate some of your cost side and some of the concepts on the capture side, transportation and storage to be able to create a more credible project. That's where, for example, Shell’s Quest project gave some indications on dollar per time, and then you were able to compare and calibrate to make sure you're within similar numbers so it all makes sense. And then the Boundary Dam project in Saskatchewan, where it was using some of the same capture chemicals we would use, which gives a good performance analysis of an actual operational project,” explains Hesanka.

He adds the next important step is an updated feasibility study to gain a good understanding of project costs and how to best achieve the CO₂ capture and sequestration that you want to do. The good news here is that money to complete this study is part of Pieridae’s 2022 budget.

Hesanka continues to cheer on the Caroline Carbon Power Complex initiative and the opportunities it would provide.

“There is the opportunity to produce a gigawatt of clean power where most of it could be added back to the Alberta's grid and clean that up,” says Hesanka. “I know the Alberta Government is looking at potentially 2035 to have a clean electricity grid, right? So, I think that would definitely help in the short term to get there faster and as a reliable base load source of power to support renewables.

“Pieridae already has a great transmission and distribution infrastructure at the Caroline plant that would be advantageous to upgrade rather than looking at other sites where you'd have to do a lot of upgrades. And our project location itself is very central to Alberta. So, that's where, we could help other industrial facilities and other power generation facilities sequester their CO₂. That gives a lot of capacity to build that grid or a hub that can help others be able to lower their emissions and become clean operations as well.”

Here are some links to facts and analysis of Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage: 

https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/climate-change/canadas-green-future/carbon-capture-utilization-and-storage-strategy/23721

https://www.alberta.ca/carbon-capture-and-storage.aspx

https://www.iea.org/fuels-and-technologies/carbon-capture-utilisation-and-storage

Remembrance Day 2021 - Pieridae Team Members' Stories of Service

Remembrance day is a time for us to reflect on the sacrifices that countless men and women made to protect the freedoms we take for granted. Many people in our country have a connection to someone in the military whether they had family, friends, or themselves who have served or are current members of the Armed Forces.

For the people of Pieridae, it's no different. Many of our employees either served themselves or had family who fought to make sure this land we call home is free. We want to share some of those stories, stories of those who served in the Royal Canadian Navy, have long standing military history in their families, and some even served for nations across the globe. They come from different walks of life, but to share this common connection a desire to preserve and maintain our freedom.

Remembrance day is a time for us to reflect on the sacrifices that countless men and women made to protect the freedoms we take for granted. Many people in our country have a connection to someone in the military whether they had family, friends, or themselves who have served or are current members of the Armed Forces.

For the people of Pieridae, it's no different. Many of our employees either served themselves or had family who fought to make sure this land we call home is free. We want to share some of those stories, stories of those who served in the Royal Canadian Navy, have long standing military history in their families, and some even served for nations across the globe. They come from different walks of life, but to share this common connection a desire to preserve and maintain our freedom.

Follow the link at the bottom of the page to read their stories.