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Canada: Cracker Expansion Nova Chemicals Announces Growth Projects for Polyethylene Production in Canada

Editor: Alexander Stark

Nova Chemicals announced two growth projects for its Ontario operations involving a capital investment expected to exceed $ 1.57 billion.

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Nova Chemicals Corunna, Ontario Plant
Nova Chemicals Corunna, Ontario Plant
(Source: Nova Chemicals)

Calgary/Canada — The announcement marks the addition of two new large-scale capital investments in the Sarnia-Lambton region. The expansion of the company's Corunna cracker by approximately 50 % will provide ethylene feedstock to a new polyethylene facility — the corporation's second Advanced Sclairtech technology facility (AST2). The AST2 facility is designed to increase their polyethylene production capacity by approximately 450 kilotons per year. Site preparations are currently underway for both projects, with start-up targeted for late 2021.

Earlier this year, Nova Chemicals acquired the Geismar Olefins Facility located in Louisiana. An additional opportunity to help meet the growing consumer demand for polyethylene is the proposed Joint Venture with Borealis and Total involving Total’s existing Bayport, Texas polyethylene facility, development of a new light feed cracker in Port Arthur, Texas and a new Borstar technology polyethylene facility in Bayport, with expected start-up in 2020.

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