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Nova Chemicals mulls expansion of ethylene, PE capacity on supply of shale ethane

March 20/2012
(observer) -- Nova Chemicals expects to receive feedstock in the form of Marcellus shale ethane as early as mid-2013.

An application is being sent to the National Energy Board for an 8 km pipeline extension to link to an existing St. Clair River crossing for Marcellus shale gas. Nova plans to expand ethylene production at its Corunna site, increase polyethylene production at its Moore site, and is eyeing the possibility of a new world-scale polyethylene plant in Sarnia-Lambton.

The Corunna cracker is being converted to use all natural gas liquids by 2014. The unit can currently handle ethane, butane, crude oil, propane and other materials. Construction of the project estimated to cost up to USD250 mln, will start to ramp up in Q3/Q4, upon environmental approvals.
Author:Anna Larionova
Category:General News
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