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'...

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