Nova Chemicals processing Bakken ethane at Joffre plant

06/23/2014
Nova Chemicals Corp. is now processing the first barrels of ethane supplied from natural gas associated with Bakken shale oil production at its ethylene and polyethylene complex in Joffre, near Read Deer, Alta. (OGJ Online, July 1, 2013). The ethane was produced at Hess Corp.'s Tioga plant in North Dakota and transported across the border into Alberta via the Vantage pipeline, which connects to the Alberta Ethane Gathering System (AEGS) in Empress, Alta., for the final journey to Joffre, the company said. With an initial design capacity of 40,000 b/d, the Vantage pipeline is expandable to more than 60,000 b/d, a volume that reflects more than 20% of Alberta's existing installed ethylene p...
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