Nova Chemical’s multi-billion projects are 65 percent done

Submitted Photo Work at Nova's Rokeby site is 65 per cent done.

NOVA Chemicals says its $2 billion expansion at the Rokeby site and the third phase of the Corunna Cracker Expansion Project are 65 per cent done.  

The company estimates both projects will start full start-up activities in late 2022, after the Corunna Site turnaround which is targeted for spring 2022.

The new polyethylene unit will have a capacity of approximately one billion pounds per year. The cracker expansion will provide ethylene feedstock to the new Rokeby facility, expanding the existing unit’s current capacity by more than 50 percent.

The combined investment of approximately $2.5 billion brings 150 new full time jobs and long-term viability to the region. Since the growth projects began in late 2017, NOVA Chemicals has added approximately $1.1 billion (CAD) to the provincial economy in labour and materials says Luis Sierra, NOVA Chemicals’ president and CEO

There are nearly 1,800 workers onsite, representing more than four million hours worked since the project started.

NOVA makes chemicals and plastic resins for food packaging, caps and closures and e-commerce packaging that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier.

The Corunna Site produces 1.8 billion pounds of ethylene and about 250 million pounds of co-products annually. Corunna provides feedstock to the Moore Site and St. Clair River Sites, which convert the ethylene into 1.38 billion pounds of polyethylene. Ethane, a component of natural gas, is the primary feedstock for ethylene production at Corunna Site.