Long before Fort McMurray, Turner Valley was the heart of Alberta’s energy development industry.
Natural gas was discovered in Turner Valley in 1914, and the Turner Valley Gas Plant was built to process the endless amounts of petroleum product coming from the area.
While both times and technology in the oilfield have changed, the old plant still remains. It hasn’t been operational since the mid-1980s, but people can step inside and take a tour of what was once the largest natural gas processing plant in Canada.
Although COVID has postponed the national and provincial historic site’s plans to open to the public in May, you can get a glimpse of the plant, now a museum, here:
The Turnery Valley Gas Plant, which is owned and operated by Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and the Status of Women will open again, but until then, you can learn more about the historic site by visiting https://www.turnervalleygasplant.ca/
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