NOVA Chemicals Case Study

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NOVA Chemicals' Corunna facility in Canada uses SAFER Real-Time for emission monitoring applications.

NOVA Chemicals is a worldwide corporation that produces plastics and chemicals with a focus on two product chains: ethylene and polyethylene, and styrene and polystyrene. Its commitment to be a corporate “neighbor of choice” includes providing leadership and resources to support communityfocused Responsible Care® initiatives. One example is the community’s Shelter-In-Place program, which focuses on a “life-safety” approach for residents in the event of severe weather or industrial emergencies. Corunna Site is the largest of NOVA Chemicals' four manufacturing operations in Sarnia-Lambton and one of the most flexible petrochemical facilities in the world. Depending on market conditions, this facility can optimize its feedstock slate by switching between natural gas liquids and crude oil or crude oil derivatives to produce a full range of primary petrochemicals for use by NOVA Chemicals' downstream operations and for sale to customers. Feedstocks for Corunna Site are obtained from a wide variety of sources and are delivered to the site by rail and pipeline. Crude oil (the main feedstock), condensates, ethane, propane, butane, naphtha, and gas oils are used to produce in excess of 3.5 billion pounds per year of basic petrochemicals such as ethylene, propylene, butadiene, isobutylene, n-butylene, benzene, toluene and xylene — the building blocks for plastic and synthetic rubber. The site also produces approximately 3 billion pounds annually of refinery and energy products such as gasoline components, home heating oil, and industrial fuel oils. The Corunna Site produces a variety of specialty chemicals for the North American market. These include products for the rubber and hydrocarbon resins industries and resin oils used in the manufacture of printing inks and adhesives. Approximately 500 employees work at the Corunna Site. NOVA Chemicals has made ongoing investments in its SAFER Real-Time® systems in Canada and the U.S. since the late 1990s and, in 2005, the company was able to further leverage that investment. Using SAFER’s partnership with RAE Systems to add an integrated, wireless, GPS enabled monitoring component to the Real-Time system at its Corunna, Ontario, Canada site, NOVA Chemicals has been able to expand its system beyond the traditional scope of Emergency Management and Response.

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