NOVA Chemicals announced Friday that the first barrels of
ethane supplied from natural gas associated with oil
production from Bakken Shale are being utilized at its Joffre
complex in Canada's Alberta province.
The ethane was produced at Hess Corp.'s plant in Tioga, North
Dakota, and transported across the border into Alberta via
the Vantage Pipeline. The Vantage Pipeline connects to the
Alberta Ethane Gathering System (AEGS) in Empress, Alberta,
for the final journey to Joffre.
NOVA Chemicals is the contract operator of both AEGS and the
The Vantage Pipeline has an initial design capacity of 40,000
bpd but is expandable to greater than 60,000 bpd, a volume
that reflects more than 20% of Albertas existing
installed ethylene production capacity.
Ethane extracted from associated gas produced from Bakken
Shale is expected to be a growing and stable feedstock
supply source for the
The introduction of Bakken Shale-based ethane into the
diet at Joffre marks an
important milestone in the diversification of our ethane
sources for the region and our NOVA 2020 strategy to
capitalize on North American demand, said Todd Karran,
acting CEO of NOVA Chemicals.
The new supply sources we recently began to use,
together with those currently in development, should enable
us to run our existing polyethylene plants at full capacity,
as well as support our PE1 Expansion project
in Joffre and position us
well for potential further growth," he added.