September 27, 2012 / 2:47 PM / in 5 years

Nova taking Ontario chemicals unit down for repairs

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Nova Chemicals Corp will take a unit down at its Corunna, Ontario, olefins plant, one of Canada’s largest petrochemical complexes, for unplanned repairs, the company said.

Nova will make repairs to a unit known as a flexicracker, which processes both natural gas liquids and heavy crude oil, spokesman Pace Markowitz said in an email.

Markowitz said he could not provide more details or the expected duration of the outage. Blackburn News reported that higher-than-normal flaring would continue for 12-24 hours.

The Corunna complex produces as much as 40 percent of Canada’s basic petrochemicals and processes 80,000 barrels a day.

Reporting by Jeffrey Jones; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick and Sofina Mirza-Reid

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