Officials with NOVA Chemicals, which almost two years ago announced a $2.2 billion expansion of a polyethylene plant south of its existing Corunna facility, says progress this year has been substantial as the work takes shape.
About 800 skilled workers have logged nearly 1 million hours at the new site on Rokeby Line, one concession below Petrolia Line.
The new plant, which is expected to create about 150 new permanent jobs and an additional 750 spin-off positions, is moving along nicely, said Meaghan Lawrence, a spokesperson for the company.
“We have poured a significant amount of concrete, close to 14,000 cubic metres,” she said. Other work includes the erection of 900 tonnes of steel and process vessels are being delivered on a consistent basis.
About 10 such vessels have arrived so far, with nearly 6,000 metres of underground piping now installed.
The company has also planted 1,700 trees and brought in 235,000 tonnes of gravel as part of the work.
Before the work began in earnest, NOVA constructed noise berms, with a commitment to doing much of the work during daytime hours.
NOVA officials say the expansion will increase production capacity by about 950 million pounds a year.
A video provided by the company helps detail some of the work being undertaken.