Polyethylene supplier Nova Chemicals Corp. (Calgary, AB, Canada) has announced the start up of its new world-scale linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) gas phase reactor at its Canadian site in Joffre, Alberta. The new reactor started up in December 2016, and the company is now shipping butene LLDPE produced on the asset to its customers.
This is the first new LLDPE reactor in the Americas in more than a decade. The new capacity allows Nova Chemicals to meet 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, helping our customers grow and succeed in their businesses,” said Senior Vice President, Polyethylene Business, Chris Bezaire.
The addition of this reactor increases Nova Chemicals’ LLDPE production capacity by close to one billion pounds, giving the company total polyethylene production capacity of approximately 5 billion pounds.