NOVA restores idled Moore LDPE plant in Canada

Canada-based NOVA Chemicals on Thursday announced its low-density polyethylene (LDPE) facility in Moore, Ontario, has returned to commercial operation at its full capacity.

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 business.

"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 our customers."

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 company.

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.

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