NOVA Chemicals expansion ramping up

The Sarnia Observer, August 14, 2019

Several slow-moving, over-sized loads of mechanical vessels being delivered to the NOVA Chemicals Corunna site and a local fabricator will be moving this week through Sarnia and St. Clair Township.

NOVA Chemicals said the moves will take place between 6:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, so drivers on the route can expect slow-moving traffic and possible delays.

The route is from Sarnia Harbour, east on Exmouth Street to Murphy Road, and then south to Confederation Line, east to Blackwell Sideroad, south to Churchill Line, west to Kimball Line, south to Petrolia Line and west to either the plant site or Polymoore Drive.

The company said the loads will be accompanied by a police escort and other support vehicles.

The mechanical vessels are for the Corunna cracker expansion project, which is part of a $2.2-billion expansion underway at NOVA Chemicals in St. Clair Township.

“We understand that this activity may cause inconveniences to our neighbours and community,” the company said. “We continue to work with our contractors, subcontractors and multiple local agencies to co-ordinate all aspects of the delivery as part of our continued effort to reduce the impact of our construction activities and to maintain safety as our highest priority.”

The expansion at NOVA Chemicals includes a new polyethylene plant being built next door to its Corunna site.

The company said there are currently 550 construction workers at the site, and most are from the local area.

The new facilities are scheduled to start up in late 2021.

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