Nova Chemicals Corp. has delayed the opening of its polyethylene production plant in Joffre, Alberta. The company also has reassigned several key personnel in its styrenics unit. The PE unit, with 800 million pounds of swing high density and linear low density PE capacity, is set for a 2001 start instead of the late-2000 launch that Calgary, Alberta-based Nova had hoped for.
"The polyethylene project has been slowed by a series of design engineering, construction engineering and significant labor availability and productivity problems," Nova President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Lipton said in an April 25 conference call with investors and the media.
"As previously announced, this part of the project will be delayed and will exceed the original budget," Lipton added. "A full-scale review is under way, which will result in consideration of a number of options, including a slower, less costly construction schedule."
A more specific schedule for the plant's opening will be released later this summer, officials said.
A 2 billion-pound capacity ethylene unit in Joffre, which is being developed jointly by Nova and Union Carbide Corp., is scheduled to be complete by the end of May and will be producing monomer in August.
The ethylene unit will supply both Nova's new PE plant and a 1 billion-pound capacity HDPE/ LLDPE plant that Carbide will open later this year in Joffre.
In styrenics, PS Vice President Ron Hornack will become vice president of styrenic polymer sales, a position that includes sales responsibilities for PS, expanded PS and high-performance styrenic polymers in the Americas.
Eric Kelusky will be vice president of Nova's EPS and high-performance styrenics businesses. Kelusky previously had been Lipton's assistant and held a number of research and development posts with Nova and DuPont.
Rick Salvador will move from Nova's PE unit into styrenics, where he will serve as vice president of the styrene and PS businesses. Most recently, Salvador had been vice president of Nova's LDPE and LLDPE business.
Hornack, Kelusky and Salvador will all be based in Nova's Pittsburgh office.