NOVA Chemicals today announced its second Advanced SCLAIRTECH technology unit and the third phase of the Corunna Cracker Expansion Project have each safely surpassed 65% completion. The first of eight electrical substations were safely energized in March. The company estimated that both projects will start full start-up activities in late 2022, after the Corunna Site turnaround which is targeted for spring 2022.The advanced SCLAIRTECH polyethylene unit, located at the St. Clair Township, Ontario, will have a capacity of approximately one billion pounds per year. The cracker expansion will provide ethylene feedstock to the new facility, expanding the existing unit’s current capacity by more than 50%.
Luis Sierra, NOVA Chemicals president and CEO stated that they are proud to bring Canadian ingenuity to the North American and global marketplace, especially as the plastics and chemicals landscape evolves around the world. Canadian based Chemical company will continue to be an innovator in developing a circular economy for plastics, which includes reducing plastic waste in our environment, by bringing new, premium-value plastics that support sustainable packaging solutions to the marketplace.
The investment of approximately $2.5 billion brings cutting edge technology, high-paying jobs, and long-term viability to the region. Since the growth projects began in late 2017, NOVA Chemicals has added $1.1 billion to the provincial economy in labour and materials.
Canadian Chemicals is the largest private employer in the Sarnia-Lambton region. There are nearly 1,800 workers onsite, representing more than four million hours worked since the project started. An estimated 150 permanent full-time jobs will be created to operate and maintain the facilities. 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.