Nova Plans PE Capacity Expansions

At October’s K 2013 show in Dusseldorf, Nova Chemicals, Moon Township, Pa., unveiled details of its PE capacity plans.

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At October’s K 2013 show in Dusseldorf, Nova Chemicals, Moon Township, Pa., unveiled details of its PE capacity plans. In late 2015, Nova will start up production of a gas-phase LLDPE plant with close to 1 billion lb/yr capacity at Joffre, Alberta. The company is also revamping its Corunna, Ont., ethylene cracker to utilize up to 100% natural-gas liquids by early 2014. Nova plans to be the first in the industry to utilize ethane from the Marcellus Shale Basin for making PE by end of this year. Nova also is considering adding PE production in either Ontario or on the U.S. Gulf Coast and expects to firm up plans by the end of the year.

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