Nova nears 100% NGL feedstock conversion at Corunna ethylene plant

The cracker feedstock conversion project at Nova Chemicals Corp.’s Corunna, Ont., refinery and petrochemical complex, which was designed to allow the cracker to utilize up to 100% NGLs from growing North American supplies, is nearing its final completion, the company said in its latest quarterly earnings call (OGJ Online, July 7, 2014; July 1, 2013).

Although slightly delayed from the company’s previous expectation of a first-quarter completion (OGJ Online, Dec. 19, 2013), the Corunna cracker is now processing Marcellus ethane in the mid-20,000 b/d range of its targeted 37,000 b/d range and is due to reach its full-utilization rates by the end of the third quarter, said Todd Karran, Nova’s acting chief executive officer and chief financial officer.

Once completed, the Corunna site will be capable of cracking up to 100% NGLs, of which about 70% should be Marcellus ethane, with the other 30% comprised of a mix of propane and butane from regional markets, Karran said.

The Corunna crude unit will remain available as a source of feedstock at the site through the summer before its shuttering once the plant reaches its full-conversion rates for NGLs, Karran added.

The company said it also expects ethane from North Dakota’s Williston basin to soon become a routine feedstock for its crackers at its ethylene and polyethylene complex in Joffre, near Read Deer, Alta. (OGJ Online, June 13, 2014).

The supplier’s plant for the Joffre site is now in start-up, and with pipeline fill set to begin immediately, ethane from Williston basin should be a regular feedstock at Joffre by the end of the third quarter, according to Karran.

Construction on Nova’s Polyethylene 1 (PE1) plant expansion project at Joffre also continues to progress, with the project due for mechanical completion in first-quarter 2016, Karran said.

Designed to expand polyethylene capacity at the Joffre site by 40%, the PE1 project includes installation of a 450,000-tonne/year single-train linear low-density polyethylene unit.

The company also said plans remain under way for an expansion of the Corunna cracker, as well as for a low-density polyethylene debottleneck and high-density polyethylene retrofit at Nova’s Moore plant in in Mooretown, Ont., about 140 miles west of Toronto.

The existing and planned projects come as part of the company’s Nova 2020 growth strategy, which includes continued capital spending on strategic petrochemicals expansion in Ontario and Alberta based on North America’s increased demand as well as its emerging feedstock opportunities (OGJ Online, Mar. 3, 2014).

Related Articles

CNOOC subsidiary inks deal for grassroots refinery

02/02/2015 Hebei Zhongjie Petrochemical Group Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC), has entered into a $700 million agreement w...

Sasol lets contract for Louisiana petrochemicals plant

02/02/2015 South Africa’s Sasol Ltd. has let a contract to GE Oil & Gas, Florence, Italy, to provide the main-compression trains required for a low-densit...

EnLink agrees to purchase Coronado Midstream for $600 million

02/02/2015 EnLink Midstream has agreed to acquire Coronado Midstream Holdings LLC, which owns natural gas gathering and processing facilities in the Permian b...

Union strike under way at US refineries, petchem plants

02/02/2015 The United Steelworkers Union (USW) has instituted a strike at nine US refining and petrochemical production plants following a breakdown in negoti...

Chinese plant commissions propylene unit

01/30/2015 Sanyuan Petrochemical Co. Ltd. (SPCL), a subsidiary of Zhejiang Fuling Holding Group, has commissioned a 450,000-tonne/year propane dehydrogenation...

Shell, Iraq ink deal for petrochemicals complex

01/29/2015 Royal Dutch Shell PLC has entered a preliminary agreement with Iraq to construct an $11-billion grassroots petrochemicals complex in the country’s ...

Citing lower oil prices, Sasol delays Louisiana GTL plant investment

01/28/2015 South Africa’s Sasol Ltd. says it will delay the final investment decision on a large-scale, gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Louisiana as part of the...

Trinidad ULSD plant won’t be built in 2015, Petrotrin executive says

01/28/2015 Trinidad and Tobago’s state-owned Petrotrin has announced that its $500 million ultralow-sulfur diesel (ULSD) plant cannot be commissioned because ...

Geismar plant begins first methanol production

01/27/2015 Methanex Corp., Vancouver, BC, has completed the first production of methanol from its newly commissioned 1 million-tonne/year plant in Geismar, La.
White Papers

Pipeline Integrity: Best Practices to Prevent, Detect, and Mitigate Commodity Releases

Commodity releases can have catastrophic consequences, so ensuring pipeline integrity is crucial for p...
Sponsored by

AVEVA’s Digital Asset Approach - Defining a new era of collaboration in capital projects and asset operations

There is constant, intensive change in the capital projects and asset life cycle management. New chall...
Sponsored by

Transforming the Oil and Gas Industry with EPPM

With budgets in the billions, timelines spanning years, and life cycles extending over decades, oil an...
Sponsored by

Asset Decommissioning in Oil & Gas: Transforming Business

Asset intensive organizations like Oil and Gas have their own industry specific challenges when it com...
Sponsored by

Squeezing the Green: How to Cut Petroleum Downstream Costs and Optimize Processing Efficiencies with Enterprise Project Portfolio Management Solutions

As the downstream petroleum industry grapples with change in every sector and at every level, includin...
Sponsored by

7 Steps to Improve Oil & Gas Asset Decommissioning

Global competition and volatile markets are creating a challenging business climate for project based ...
Sponsored by

The impact of aging infrastructure in process manufacturing industries

Process manufacturing companies in the oil and gas, utilities, chemicals and natural resource industri...
Sponsored by

What is System Level Thermo-Fluid Analysis?

This paper will explain some of the fundamentals of System Level Thermo-Fluid Analysis and demonstrate...
Available Webcasts


The Alternative Fuel Movement: Four Need-to-Know Excise Tax Complexities

When Thu, Jun 4, 2015

Discussion on how to approach, and ultimately embrace, the alternative fuel market by pulling back the veil on excise tax complexities. Taxes may be an aggravating part of daily operations, but their accuracy is crucial in your path towards business success.

register:WEBCAST



On Demand

Prevention, Detection and Mitigation of pipeline leaks in the modern world

Thu, Apr 30, 2015

Preventing, detecting and mitigating leaks or commodity releases from pipelines are a top priority for all pipeline companies. This presentation will look at various aspects related to preventing, detecting and mitigating pipeline commodity releases from a generic and conceptual point of view, while at the same time look at the variety of offerings available from Schneider Electric to meet some of the requirements associated with pipeline integrity management. 

register:WEBCAST


Global LNG: Adjusting to New Realities

Fri, Mar 20, 2015

Oil & Gas Journal’s March 20, 2015, webcast will look at how global LNG trade will be affected over the next 12-24 months by falling crude oil prices and changing patterns and pressures of demand. Will US LNG production play a role in balancing markets? Or will it add to a growing global oversupply of LNG for markets remote from easier natural gas supply? Will new buyers with marginal credit, smaller requirements, or great need for flexibility begin to look attractive to suppliers? How will high-cost, mega-projects in Australia respond to new construction cost trends?

register:WEBCAST


US Midstream at a Crossroads

Fri, Mar 6, 2015

Oil & Gas Journal’s Mar. 6, 2015, webcast will focus on US midstream companies at an inflection point in their development in response to more than 6 years shale oil and gas production growth. Major infrastructure—gas plants, gathering systems, and takeaway pipelines—have been built. Major fractionation hubs have expanded. Given the radically changed pricing environment since mid-2014, where do processors go from here? What is the fate of large projects caught in mid-development? How to producers and processors cooperate to ensure a sustainable and profitable future? This event will serve to set the discussion table for the annual GPA Convention in San Antonio, Apr. 13-16, 2015.

This event is sponsored by Leidos Engineering.

register:WEBCAST


Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!

 

Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected