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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Tuesday, April 2, 1f74 Explore the Canadian Rockies and Pacific Coast the Land of the Midnight Sun and the Arctic Ocean the Marilimes the Gaspe the 1.000 Islands and the Laurentians. Ex- plore Canada with Horizon on a quality escorted tour: private motorcoach. deluxe hotels, included sightsee- ing, leisurely pace and a friendly escort who takes care of everylhing in- cluding the tipping! Slart exploring today wilh Horizon's 36-page holiday guide. For further inlorrrutlon and contact AMA WORLD TRAVEL SERVICE 608-5th Ave. 328-7921 Ample Parking of building. J Humming A huge stack is erected by crarres during construction of a methanol plant in Medicine Hat, Alta., in November, 1973. The plant is being builf by Allarco De- velopments Ltd., and Alberta Gas Trunk Line Co. Ltd., to exploit the vast natural gas re- serves beneath Medi- cine Hat. Specialists in all types of ENGINE REBUILDING CYLINDER BORING AND RESLEEVING CRANKSHAFT REGRINDING Ask about our Guarantee ENGINES WISCONSIN ENGINE and Service Centre Custom Engine Parts Ltd. 1605 3rd Avenue South Phone 328-8181 'Hot basement' sparks growth By JOSEPH MA MEDICINE HAT (CP) For a city that has had "all hell for a basement" for almost 100 years, Medicine Hat has been a quiet place. But things are beginning to hum in what used to be a one-night stop for travellers on the Trans- Canada Highway, with the petrochemical industry scrambling to cash in on the vast reserves of natural gas beneath the southern Alberta community. The natural gas discovered in the 1880s spawned Rudyard Kipling's "all hell for a basement" quote, but did little else for Medicine Hat, which remained a sleepy farm' centre. The gas was not all that attractive in a time of abundant energy resources. Then came the energy crisis, which made even Medicine Hat's slow- moving natural gas a precious commodity, and the petrochemical industry suddenly decided that Medicine Hat was an ideal location. Lonserve gas The boom has reached the stage where the city is' actually talking about conserving its gas. Officials have decided not to sell any more city-owned gas as a petrochemical feedstock and are studying alternatives to gas-fired electricity generation. An acute labor shortage has developed and Alderman Ted Grimm, chairman of city council's utilities committee, said city and Chamber of Commerce officials plan a recruiting campaign in Canada's high unem- ployment regions. "Between 1961 and 1971 our population grew by said Vaughan Hullock, Chamber of Commerce manager. "It grew by the same amount during the last two years." The population now stands, at The value of construction million in 1971 jumped to million in 1972, million in 1973 and is expected to exceed million this year. An estimated 5.4 to nine trillion cubic feet of gas is in the Medicine Hat zone, including four trillion cubic feet in the mile Suffield Block 30 miles to the north. The city owns 300 billion cubic feet in proven gas reserves, enough to supply Medicine .Hat's residential, commercial and industrial users for 30 years at the current rate of consumption. New plants Two petrochemical projects announced so far call for capital expenditures of million and up to million, respectively. The project is backed by three farmer- owned co-operatives Western Co-operative Fertilizers Ltd. of Calgary, United Co-operatives of Ontario, and C. F. Industries Inc. of Chicago. Co-operative Federee de Quebec may join as a fourth partner. Construction of the co- operatives' plant will begin shortly, with completion scheduled for the end of 1975. It will employ 200 people and produce daily tons of anhydrous ammonia and tons of urea a chemical used in making fertilizers, resins for the plywood industry and cattle-feed supple- ments. The project is a joint venture between Allarco Developments Ltd. of Edmonton and Alberta Gas Trunk Line (AGTL) Co. Ltd. of Calgary. The project originated from a proposal for a methanol wood alcohol plant announced by Allarco in September, 1972. AGTL joined .Allarco as an equal partner and the companies now plan to build a urea- ammonia plant and two methanol plants. Construction of the first methanol plant is already under way, with completion scheduled for the fail of 1974. It will produce 600 tons of methanol a day. Methanol and its derivative, formaldehyde, are used in the forest- products industry and the treatment of sewage. Dr. Charles Allard, chairman of Allarco, said construction of the second methanol plant will start this spring and the urea- ammonia little later. Both are scheduled for completion by the end of 1976. The plant will produce tons of urea the largest urea capacity in North America and tons of ammonia a day and will employ more than 200 people. The first petrochemical project of significance established in Medicine Hat was the Cancarb plant, which went into operation last November. It produces pounds daily of carbon black. DERME MACHINE SHOP A COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE GENERAL MACHINE SHOP SERVICE "WMn GOOD SERVICE Is AUTOMATIC" AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 'LTD. PkMM 327-0810 1520 3nJ An S. Guaranteed Servicing Rebuilding and Exchange DAVIS ENTERPRISES (ALBERTA) Pay MM HlghMt Prlcw tor HIDES-SCRAP METAL-CAST IRON-BATTERIES RADIATORS-COPPER-BRAS8-ETC. ALBERTA STEEL PRODUCTS IndiMlriM Ltd. In Nmr Structural and (WnOWMM PnCAC} Both Located at IM Phaiw 397.4035 or 327-R2B1 ;