With the gas stacks towering over us, we lean in to learn about the dangers of working in a gas plant.
"The fact that Calgary is home to the headquarters for so many oil and gas companies is owed to the Turner Valley Gas Plant,” said David. “That's how important this place was for Calgary and the rest of the province."
Garry Bailey, visiting from the nearby town of Okotoks was as surprised as I was at the importance of the Turner Valley plant. "I had no idea this place existed. I've even worked in the oil and gas industry and had no idea that Turney Valley was basically the starting point of it all. I'm glad we came," he said.
For anyone interested in the petrochemical industry, the buildings and equipment on display reflect the evolution of natural gas processing and the technological changes in the oil and gas sector. Besides being Alberta's first natural gas plant, it also started the modern era of oil and gas exploration and processing and was one of Canada's most significant petroleum processing facilities. The plant was decommissioned in 1985.