It’s been a year since NOVA Chemicals first announced its decision to build a new polyethylene facility—a second Advanced SCLAIRTECH technology facility (AST2) located at the new Rokeby Site in St. Clair Township.
Now the company has provided an update on its progress. With preliminary work started in late 2017, since then the site has undergone a dramatic transformation.
—A berm that was built to mitigate sound coming from the future facility.
—Trucks have delivered over 60,000 tonnes of gravel to create roadways and parking lots on-site.
—Rokeby Line was upgraded to accommodate increased traffic volumes.
—The new main access road into the site was built and opened.
—Piling work continues to lay the foundation of the new facility.
—1,200 trees have been planted and a natural woodlot is starting to take shape, designed to recreate the woodland features previously in the area before construction began
“Being a good neighbour in our community is an important goal for us,” company officials have said in a media release. “With construction ramping up, our desire to achieve this goal is stronger than ever. Our Good Neighbour Program establishes our specific commitments and actions to manage the impact of our construction activities. We and our contractors are all committed to strategies that proactively consider impacts and opportunities for stakeholders and build positive community relations.”
NOVA officials say they expect to be completing on-site parking lots and roadways and delivering cement to progress foundations. They will also be continuing with tree planting and the beginning of equipment deliveries, including structural steel.
The company has produced a YouTube video, which can be seen below, to show how construction is progressing.