Dow's Board of Directors Approves Final Investment Decision for Path2Zero Project
- Brownfield investment in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, will be the world's first net-zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions ethylene and derivatives complex
- Delivers 2 million MTA of organic growth in attractive, high-end markets while decarbonizing 20% of Dow's global ethylene capacity
- $1 billion of EBITDA growth expected at full run rates over the economic cycle; expected to be one of Dow's most cost-competitive sites in the world
- Eliminates 1 million MTA of CO2e by converting hydrogen from cracker off-gas as a clean fuel as well as CO2 capture and storage
- Best-owner mindset leverages additional $2 billion of investment from third-parties for circular hydrogen, CO2 capture, and other infrastructure assets
- Subsidies and incentives from federal, provincial, and local authorities support Dow's targeted returns
MIDLAND, Mich., Nov. 28, 2023 -- Dow (NYSE: DOW) today announced that its board of directors has declared Final Investment Decision on the Company's Fort Saskatchewan Path2Zero investment to build the world's first net-zeroi Scope 1 and 2 emissionsii integrated ethylene cracker and derivatives facility in Alberta, Canada.
The $6.5 billion project, excluding governmental incentives and subsidies, includes building a new ethylene cracker and increasing polyethylene capacity by 2 million MTAiii as well as retrofitting the site's existing cracker to net-zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions. The investment is expected to deliver $1 billion of EBITDA growth per year at full run rates over the economic cycle while decarbonizing 20% of Dow's global ethylene capacity.
This new capacity will enable Dow to capture growing customer demand in high-value markets, such as packaging, infrastructure and hygiene, among others, with potential additional value captured from commercializing low and zero-emissions products. The project builds on Dow's expertise in successfully implementing large projects, such as its TX-9 cracker in Freeport, Texas, which has delivered more than 15% return on invested capital since its 2017 start-up through best-in-class capital intensity, conversion cost, and low emissions intensity.
The board's approval enables the Company to begin construction in 2024. Capacity additions are expected to come online in phases, with the first phase starting up in 2027, adding approximately 1,285 KTAiv of ethylene and polyethylene capacity, and the second phase starting up in 2029, adding an additional approximately 600 KTA of capacity.
To achieve net-zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions, Linde will supply the Fort Saskatchewan Path2Zero project with the required industrial gasses from a new air separation, pressure swing absorption, and autothermal reformer complex that they will build at the site. This will also recover and convert the site's cracker off-gas to hydrogen, which will be used as a clean fuel in the site’s furnaces. In addition, carbon dioxide emissions will be captured and stored, reducing existing emissions by approximately 1 million MTA of CO2e while abating all emissions from the addition of the site's new capacity.
The Canadian and Alberta Advantage
Dow selected the Fort Saskatchewan site for this investment as Western Canada offers highly cost-competitive natural gas relative to other regions, as well as cost-advantaged ethane, a key feedstock for ethylene production. At full run-rates, the site is expected to be one of Dow's most cost-competitive in the world. The region also features access to existing CO2 transportation and storage infrastructure with available capacity to fully support decarbonization of the project. It is home to a high-class workforce and Dow has been part of the community for more than 60 years.
Additionally, the governments of Canada, Alberta, and Fort Saskatchewan have made subsidies and incentives available to support this project and to drive innovation in low-emissions manufacturing in Canada. It will be the first project to access Canada's new ITC program.
Dow's investment leverages approximately $2 billion of investment from third-party companies for circular hydrogen, CO2 capture, and other infrastructure assets critical to the project execution. Earlier this year, Dow announced that Linde had been selected as its industrial gas partner for the supply of clean hydrogen and nitrogen for the site, and Fluor (NYSE: FLR) was selected for front-end engineering and design. Additionally, Dow is partnering with Wolf Midstream, which will provide CO2 transportation along the Alberta trunk line, and with Ravago which will provide third-party logistics for finished products from the site.
Jim Fitterling, Dow Chair and CEO
- "The project serves as a leading example that industrial decarbonization is both possible and profitable."
- "The opportunity to decarbonize our assets while driving growth is central to Dow's business strategy. All our stakeholders benefit from this investment – creating value for our customers and shareholders, new opportunities for our employees, economic growth for the community, and fewer greenhouse gas emissions for the environment."
Karen S. Carter, Dow President, Packaging & Specialty Plastics
- "This investment paves the way for growth of our entire Packaging and Specialty Plastics portfolio. It gives us the opportunity to become the industry's first provider of zero-emissions products and solutions. Our commitment to innovation and designing products for circularity allows us to meet the evolving needs of our customers across growing sectors such as packaging, infrastructure, and hygiene, among others."
- "Plastics have long been recognized for their environmental advantages, with a greenhouse gas footprint that is typically less than half of alternative materials. With this strategic investment and our commitment to transform plastic waste to create circular and renewable solutions, we are poised to achieve even greater reductions in emissions, empowering our customers to make significant strides in their sustainability efforts."
Diego Ordonez, Dow Canada President
- "This project will have a profound positive impact on our employees and the community, creating jobs and economic opportunity while positioning the region to be a leader in low emissions manufacturing. Our collaboration with government officials, the community of Fort Saskatchewan, our Indigenous neighbors, and the host of partner companies involved has been key to enabling this investment to move forward."
Danielle Smith, Premier of Alberta
- "This investment by Dow is further evidence of the opportunity that exists in Alberta. We are proud that Dow has chosen to build and launch their project here. This project does not just mean net-zero emissions, it means more jobs and a stronger economy. I look forward to the next steps, including construction starting next year."
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i Inclusive of Scope 1 and 2 emissions
ii Carbon emissions refer to GHG emissions in CO2e
iii MTA refers to metric tonnes per annum
iv KTA refers to kilo tonnes per annum
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