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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetKbrldge Herald VOL. Plant would have appetite LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1974 15 Cents 20 Pages Throne speech favors consumer, housing of small city Liberals vow curbed spending I K By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer CALGARY Phase one of the Alberta Ammonia plant, which comes under the eye of the province's energy board today, would use enough water to supply two-thirds of Lethbridge, enough electricity to power one-quarter of the city and enough gas to heat homes. The plant would goggle up twice those amounts of energy and resources if it swung into full production by 1979 with phases two and three. The Energy Resources Conservation Board is con- sidering only the first phase at courthouse hearings here this week. Several interventions including one from the Committee for an Independent Canada in Lethbridge will be heard. A' second smaller plant proposed for Brooks by Pan-Canadian Petroleum Ltd. is also before the board. Alberta Ammonia has submitted a four-volume brief to the board In return for the resources, the first phase of Alberta Ammonia's project would pour out tons of anhydrous ammonia fertilizer each day by 1977 to help feed a hungry world. Proposed for a site southeast of Raymond, the plant would create jobs and generally revitalize a stagnating local economy (See story page ID- million in profits It would also pour some million gross profits into the pockets of Alberta Ammonia over 15 years. Comparing the requirements of the plant (which would pipe its product south for distribution to farmers in the midwestern United States by the giant member Farmland Industries Inc.) to Lethbridge, this is how the demands stack up. In 1973, Lethbridge consumed 234 million kilowatt hours of electricity. Phase one of the plant would use 57 million kilowatt hours per year. All phases would use 114 million kilowatt hours of power each year or nearly half what the city used last year. In 1973, Lethbridge used 2.4 billion gallons of water, and. to a large degree, returned it to the Oldman River. Phase one of the ammonia plant would consume 1.7 billion gallons a year, nearly all of which would be evaporated. All phases would use 3.4 billion gallons or nearly one and a half times city demands last year. The St. Mary River Irrigation District is in the midst of negotiations with Alberta Ammonia to provide it with water. Jake Thiessen, irrigation district-manager, sees no major problem supplying the plant. Its demands are equivalent to irrigating about acres, a small por- tion of the district's total acres under irrigation now. By far the largest requirement of the plant is natural g-s.Figures to compare consumption by the plant with city demands were not immediately available. Heat for homes But in 1973. Canadian Utilities Ltd. said it took 000 cubic feet a year to heat an average single family dwelling. Based on those figures, one year's consump- tion of 34 billion cubic feet during phase one of the plant would heat homes. Final requirements would heat homes a year. The company says in its proposal that it "is prepared to consider participation by a government sponsored public company or agency" in its project. "The primary opportunity of Albertans and other Canadians to participate in the Alberta Ammonia pro- ject will be through the purchase of shares in any one of the publicly held companies which will be supply- ing gas to the project." Two Calgary Duncan Sim and Chairman of the Board Eric Connelly control Alberta Ammonia. They each own half of Canex gi Trading Ltd. which owns 51 per cent of Alberta Am- monia. The companies supplying the gas the American firm Great Basins Petroleums Ltd. and Canadian firm fjj Sulpetro Canada Ltd. own the other 49 per cent of ijj Alberta Ammonia. g Alberta's needs first f "Besides paying the full field value for gas to those companies, some 80 per cent of the net profit of Alberta Ammonia will be paid to these companies as g patronage dividends." the brief says. Canadians Western Natural Gas Co. Ltd. will also participate in g the project, primarily as a gas carrier. Throughout its presentation to the board, the com- g: pany emphasizes Alberta's and Canada's fertilizer needs will be met first. However, its agreement with its major customer, Farmland, includes the following conditions: not less than 95 per cent of the ammonia production from phase one will be shipped through the pipeline to Garner. Iowa, and thereafter marketed in the mid- west United States To this end Alberta Ammonia S has committed to Farmland that it will supply not less than 798.000 tons per year... 42.000 tons per year have been reserved for Alberta and Canadian S I 1 i? BILL GROENEN photo Early call for Jack Frost With Lethbridge's first killing frost about one month ahead of the average fall, farmers with irrigation equipment operating the past few nights have found icicles on the wheels. And gardens have been frozen where not covered. Lethbridge received its first re- cordable snow Sunday with a trace left on the ground. Cardston's first was recorded Sept. 11. The un- settled weather conditions are expected to continue with cooler air and snow flurries expected today and an overnight low of 30 to 35 degrees. Tuesday is expected to be sunny with a high temperature of 60 to 65 de- grees. Spinola resigns, decries 'total absence of law' Premiers complain, praise Marchand Munro asks grain firms to accept Perry terms OTTAWA