Canadian Consul General John F. Prato said natural gas from the Marcellus region is playing a big role in Ontario: Just under 30 percent of the natural gas used daily in the province coming from the Marcellus Shale.
The Canadian Consulate General set up a temporary consulate in Pittsburgh April 7-11. On Tuesday, the Consulate General and Southpointe Chamber of Commerce hosted an Energy Innovation Summit as part of the Pop-Up! Canada festivities.
“The reason we’re here is because we are taking what is already a strong relationship and making it stronger for both Canada and the Commonwealth,” he said.
Nova is based in Alberta but maintains a strong manufacturing and corporate presence in the Pittsburgh region. It was facing challenges as natural gas liquids in Alberta began to wane while at the same time crude oil prices were rising.
“Then along came this thing called horizontal drilling and fracking,” Hotz said. “But the innovation for Nova came about as we took a step back to think about how to take advantage of the emergence of shale natural gas.”