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Nova Chemicals plans to build PE plants

Nova Chemicals plans to build PE plants
Nova Chemicals Corporation announced plans for growth of its proprietary polyethylene technology to serve North American markets, which the company is calling “Nova 2020.”

As a part of the company’s strategy to capitalize on emerging feedstock opportunities and growing North American demand, Nova Chemicals has begun feasibility and engineering work for the construction of two new polyethylene assets to be located at its sites in Alberta and Ontario. Nova Chemicals will also complete studies for a further debottleneck of its low-density polyethylene line located at its Mooretown, Ontario facility.

The new polyethylene assets consist of a world-scale Advanced Sclairtech technology based line; and a world-scale Novapol technology-based linear-low density line.

“As an integral part of International Petroleum Investment Company’s (IPIC’s) global growth plans, we are very excited about the planned expansion of Nova Chemicals’ position in North America,” said His Excellency Khadem Al Qubaisi, Managing Director of IPIC and Chairman of Nova Chemicals. “IPIC fully supports these plans that will enhance Nova Chemicals’ leading technology and market position.”

The completion of all engineering and feasibility studies is expected by mid-2012, and start-up of the debottleneck project and polymer expansions is targeted between late 2014 and 2017.

“We are committed to leadership in the markets we serve. Our ability to meet our customers’ needs for higher performance polyethylene products is fundamental to this commitment. Growing our Advanced Sclairtech technology capability - the core of our technology base - together with our proprietary gas-phase capacity, will deliver real value for our customers,” stated Randy Woelfel, NOVA Chemicals’ Chief Executive Officer.

In support of the polyethylene expansions, ethylene supply growth will be derived from the increased utilization of existing Joffre cracker capacity, along with expansion of the Corunna cracker. This planned increase in ethylene production will be supported by emerging, cost- competitive feedstock supply from a diverse portfolio of new feedstock sources, linked to both shale oil and shale gas development, oil sand upgrading off-gases and expansion in supply from conventional ethane extraction capacity.

As an update for the conversion of the Corunna, Ontario olefins cracker, detailed engineering and field tie-in preparation work is progressing well, in line with the goal of reaching full NGL feed capability by the end of 2013.

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