Expanded NOVA cracker in Canada to feed debottlenecked LDPE line

18 December 2013 22:14  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--NOVA Chemicals' expansion project at its Corunna cracker in Ontario will provide additional feedstock for a debottlenecking project at its Moore low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plant in southern Ontario, the company's CEO said Wednesday.

NOVA plans to expand the cracker's ethylene capacity by 20%, as part of the second phase of its NOVA 2020 strategy. This phase will take place in 2014-2018.

The cracker has a capacity of 1.8bn lbs/year (816,000 tonnes/year), the company said.

Part of this additional ethylene will be used as feedstock for a debottlenecking project that NOVA will undertake at the nearby Moore LDPE plant, said CEO Randy Woelfel.

Woelfel did not have precise figures for the magnitude of the debottlenecking project because the company still has some engineering development work to do on it. Nonetheless, the project will be significant, he said.

The ethylene could also go towards a retrofitting project at a Moore high-density polyethylene (HDPE) line, Woelfel said.

Such a retrofit could come about because of some novel catalyst development work that NOVA is undertaking, Woelfel said. That work is going through commercialisation trial activity.

Meanwhile, NOVA will continue to evaluate whether to build a second Advanced Sclairtech PE plant. In the past, the company said such a plant could have a capacity of 470,000 tonnes/year.

It could be built in Ontario, the US Gulf Coast or elsewhere in the world, NOVA said. If the company pursues the project, it would take place in the final portion of the NOVA 2020 plan.

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