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Report On Business Nova Chemicals spending $2-billion on new facility, Ontario expansion

View of the Nova Chemical plant in Sarnia

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Nova Chemicals Corp. says it expects to invest in excess of $2-billion on two new growth projects for its Ontario operations.

The Calgary-based plastics and chemical company says the funds will go toward building a new polyethylene facility in the Sarnia-Lambton region.

The funds will also go toward the expansion of Nova's current Corunna site in the Southwestern Ontario area.

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The expansion of the Corunna site by approximately 50 per cent will provide ethylene feedstock to the new facility, which is designed to increase Nova's polyethylene production capacity by about 450 kilotonnes per year.

The company says site preparations are currently under way for both projects, with the aim of starting up in late 2021.

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada says Nova's investment will create 2,000 direct and indirect jobs over the first 10 years of the project alone, and will result in a further 25 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions intensity from 2016 levels.

"Few can appreciate just how much effort is required to realize an investment of this size in Canada today," said Bob Masterson, president and CEO of CIAC, in a statement.

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