NOVA restores idled Moore LDPE plant in Canada
The company says that during the period between the incident in late 2011 and now, it committed resources and capital to not only rebuild the reactor, but also enhance its ability to operate more safely and reliably, with a streamlined product slate to better serve customers.
Canada-based NOVA Chemicals on Thursday announced its
low-density polyethylene (LDPE) facility in Moore,
Ontario, has returned to commercial operation at its full
The plant was shut down for months after an incident
involving the reactor in late December 2011. It reportedly ran
at very reduced rates in the second half of 2012.
We are pleased to have our LDPE facility fully restored
allowing us to return to the LDPE market," said Chris
Bezaire, senior vice president of NOVA's polyethylene
"During the period between the incident in late 2011 and now,
we committed resources and capital to not only rebuild the
reactor, but also enhance our ability to operate more safely
and reliably, with a streamlined product slate to better serve
Growth in the LDPE market is part of NOVA
2020, the company's long-term asset strategy to
capitalize on emerging feedstock opportunities and growing
North American demand.
Restoring the Moore facility is the first step in NOVA
Chemicals plan to strengthen its commitment to the LDPE
market to better meet the needs of customers, according to the
The Moore facility produces both high-density and low-density
polyethylene resins that are used in consumer goods such as
shrink wrap, food packaging, drums, heavy-duty sacks,
protective packaging, gas containers and caps and closures.