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Total, Borealis and NOVA Chemicals form JV

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Definitive agreements to form a 50/50 joint venture (JV) for petrochemicals on the US Gulf Coast has been formed between Total and Novealis Holdings LLC (a JV between Borealis and NOVA Chemicals). The JV will commence subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals.

The joint venture will include: the under-construction 1 million tpy ethane steam cracker in Port Arthur, Texas, US; Total’s existing polyethylene 400 000 tpy facility in Bayport, Texas; and a new 625 000 tpy Borstar® polyethylene unit at Total’s Bayport, Texas, site, following a decision on the outcome of an acceptable EPC contract.

The new US$1.7 billion ethane steam cracker is being built alongside Total’s Port Arthur refinery and Total/BASF’s existing steam cracker. The project, which is scheduled to start up in 2020, will create approximately 1500 jobs during peak engineering and construction activity.

“This agreement is a key milestone for this integrated petrochemicals project. This joint venture is aligned with Total’s strategy to strengthen our position by taking advantage of low-cost US gas,” said Bernard Pinatel, President, Refining & Chemicals, Total. “We look forward to working with Borealis and NOVA Chemicals to create world-class facilities and become a major player in the growing US and global market for polyethylene.”

“The JV with Total and NOVA Chemicals is a key project in advancing our global growth. Not only are we convinced of the excellent cost-economics of this integrated brownfield investment project, but we are also excited to bring our unique product grades based on our Borstar technology to the North American market,” said Borealis CEO Mark Garrett. 

“A key component of NOVA Chemicals’ growth strategy is to expand beyond our traditionally Canadian footprint by extending our presence in the US Gulf Coast,” stated NOVA Chemicals CEO, Todd Karran. “Partnering with Total and Borealis will allow us to better serve our customers throughout the Americas by delivering a broader slate of products that help make everyday life healthier, easier and safer.”

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