Nice panoramic photo of Royalite's Turner Valley Gas plant, in background are oil & gas rigs.
Photographer stamp on back:
Frank A. Halliday was a photographer active in the 1920-30 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
On back, most of left side is toned. This has affected the photo side (appears like a dark cloud) . Crease UL from paper clip.
19 x 24 cm // 7 ½" x 9 ½"
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)
The development of the Turner Valley gas plant is an integral part of the history of the conventional oil and natural gas industry in Alberta. It was the first petroleum processing plant in western Canada and faced many challenges. The plant’s history is one of evolving production methods and products. During its development it changed ownership several times, from a small, local company operation to being part of a large, multi-national corporation. This shift echoed the changes that were happening across Canada’s oil and gas sector.
The significance of the discovery 100 years ago of the first commercial oilfield in Western Canada could not have been imagined. Turner Valley changed the West, and Canada, forever. At its peak during the Second World War, Turner Valley produced more than 95 per cent of Canada’s oil and was the most productive oilfield in the British Empire.