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NOVA Chemicals begins Bakken Shale ethane use

06.13.2014  | 

“The introduction of Bakken Shale-based ethane into the feedstock 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 for NOVA Chemicals.

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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 Vantage Pipeline.
 
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 Alberta’s 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 Alberta petrochemical industry.
 
“The introduction of Bakken Shale-based ethane into the feedstock 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.



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Ron Zylla
06.16.2014

Not good for national security for either Canada or USA to be dependent on NOVA chemicals which was created in 1980 by Peter Lougheed with Alberta taxpayer money for the purpose of handing it over to IPIC, which is wholly owned by the government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi for Alberta debt repayment to the IMF. Alberta had no debt for over 30 years before Peter Lougheed became premier and put the province on a deficit budget and provincialized all major private industries that have all since been handed over outside of the province for debt repayment. The cold war is over and unfortunately the free world did not win.

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