NOVA Chemicals polyethylene reactor commences commercial operations


NOVA Chemicals, a global company that supplies polyethylene in the Americas, has announced that its new world-scale linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) gas phase reactor at its Joffre, Alberta site has commenced commercial operations.

The company further added that the gas reactor is now shipping butene LLDPE produced on the asset to its customers. It is reported to be the first new LLDPE reactor in the Americas in more than a decade.

With the commencement of commercial production, the chemical company anticipates that it would help in meeting the growing demand for flexible films used in food packaging, heavy-duty sack and can liners.

"The new supply of LLDPE from our PE1 Expansion Project will enhance NOVA Chemicals’ position as a leading polyethylene supplier in the Americas."

NOVA Chemicals polyethylene business senior vice-president Chris Bezaire said: “The new supply of LLDPE from our PE1 Expansion Project will enhance NOVA Chemicals’ position as a leading polyethylene supplier in the Americas, helping our customers grow and succeed in their businesses.”

The addition of this new reactor would further enhance NOVA Chemicals’ LLDPE production capacity to nearly one billion pounds, giving the company total polyethylene production capacity of approximately five billion pounds.

NOVA Chemicals’ butene LLDPE offers a wide range of benefits, including excellent balance of physical properties, product uniformity and consistency, and best-in-class gel performance.

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, NOVA Chemicals is a wholly owned subsidiary of the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE.


Image: NOVA Chemicals’ LLDPE gas phase reactor started production. Photo: courtesy of NOVA Chemicals Corporation.