NOVA begins dialogue with neighbours as $2B expansion begins to take shape

Open house on Thursday gives a glimpse into what petrochemical powerhouse will be doing over next few years

Tom Thompson, regional manufacturing director for NOVA Chemicals, was at an open house related to the company's Corunna expansion held on Thursday.

A two-hour drop-in open house at the Corunna Legion on Thursday served as an opportunity for neighbours who may be already noticing early evidence of NOVA Chemicals’ expansion announced in December 2017.

Company representatives, including Tom Thompson, NOVA’s regional manufacturing director, were on hand to present a series of posters and to answer any questions that resulted.

Thompson told Lambton Shield that it’s important to keep in touch with people in the vicinity of the project:

NOVA has said in its printed material how important it is to establish specific commitments and actions to manage the impact of its construction activities.

“We and our contractors are all committed to strategies that proactively consider impacts and opportunities for stakeholders and build positive community relations,” said company officials.

Its presentation materials at the open house included a pledge to mitigate traffic issues on area roads through a traffic management plan designed to promote speed reduction, using pre-determined routes, and control of gravel, debris, litter and dust.

Noise issues will also be addressed by scheduling work primarily during daytime hours and constructing a berm around areas where construction is taking place.

NOVA plans to install a single main access road off Rokeby Line with opening anticipated in the summer.

From July to October, upgrades to Rokeby Line between Highway 40 and the main entrance will take place, with turning radius improvements to the east, widening of a paved shoulder and paving improvements.

The company says it will have a traffic management plan in place and signs will be posted on the roadway to help with the movement of traffic.

On Highway 40, work being done by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, from June to November, will include reconstruction between Petrolia Line and Rokeby Line, including:

—extension of the southbound left turn lane on Highway 40 at the intersection of Petrolia Line;
—extension of the southbound left turn lane on Highway 40 at the intersection of Rokeby Line; and
—advanced green for ease in turning left for both directions of traffic.

Work at the NOVA site will include the building of foundations and pilings from mid-2018 to fall 2019.

Neighbours can expect gravel delivery trucks to be visible between June 2018 and December 2018, primarily on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Trucks will enter off Petrolia LIne (Gate 3) and leave through the new Rokeby Line entrance, heading west to Highway 40.

Last year, NOVA upgraded its flaring system at the Corunna site, incorporating updated technology intended to increase the flare system’s reliability and smokeless capacity.

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