NOVA to use oil sands off-gases starting in November: CEO

31 October 2013 20:10  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--NOVA Chemicals will start in November cracking ethane derived from off gases from oil sands, the CEO of the Canadian producer said on Thursday.

A Williams subsidiary has started receiving the off gases from Fort McMurray, Alberta, and is in the process of extracting ethane and ethylene from them, said NOVA’s Randy Woelfel during a Q3 earnings conference call.

The goal is to produce up to 17,000 bbl/day of the ethane/ethylene mix for NOVA.

The extracted chemicals will be shipped to NOVA’s Joffre complex in western Canada for use.

In 2011, NOVA reached an agreement with the Williams subsidiary to receive the off gases.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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