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United States: Bayport Polymers to Double Polyethylene Capacity

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Total, Borealis and NOVA Chemicals Take Final Investment Decision for New Unit

Paris/Vienna/Calgary/Bayport, September 25, 2018 — Bayport Polymers, LLC (“Bayport Polymers”) – a 50/50 joint venture owned by Total S.A. (“Total”) and Novealis Holdings LLC – a joint venture of Borealis AG (“Borealis”) and NOVA Chemicals Inc. (“NOVA Chemicals”) - – announces the final investment decision to build a 625,000-ton-per-year polyethylene unit at its production site in Bayport, Texas. 

The new unit will use Borstar® technology and more than double the site’s polyethylene capacity to 1.1 Mt/y with a start-up scheduled in 2021. The unit engineering, procurement and construction has been awarded to McDermott and is expected to employ 1,750 staff during peak activity.

Formed in May 2018, Bayport Polymers is currently building one-million-tons per year steam cracker in Port Arthur, Texas. This cracker will process ethane, which is abundantly available and competitively priced in the U.S. and will supply Bayport polyethylene units.

“The power of this partnership between Total, Borealis and NOVA Chemicals will enable us to become one of the largest players in the North American polyethylene market,” said Bayport Polymers President Diane Chamberlain. “The Borstar technology, which will be used for the first time in North America, will allow us to better serve our customers with an increased range of high-value-added products.”  

“The project is in line with our strategy to develop petrochemicals at our major integrated complexes and leverage competitively priced feedstocks,” said Bernard Pinatel, President Refining & Chemicals of Total. “It’s another step to strengthen our position in the United States, where we have more than 5,000 employees and where we operate one of our 6 world largest integrated platforms in Port Arthur, Texas.” 

“This final investment decision is a major milestone in the development of this exciting partnership, and a significant step in the global market presence of our unique Borstar technology,” explained Borealis Chief Executive Alfred Stern.

“Partnering with Total and Borealis and bringing Borstar technology to North America 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,” stated NOVA Chemicals CEO, Todd Karran.

For further information please contact:

Bayport Polymers, LLC
Gary Cambre,
Communications, Bayport Polymers, LLC
Gary.cambre@bay-pol.com

Total 
Media Relations: +33 1 47 44 46 99 l presse@total.com l @TotalPress
Investor Relations: +44 (0)207 719 7962 l ir@total.com

NOVA Chemicals 
Media Relations: Jennifer Nanz, 
Corporate Communications Leader 
Jennifer.Nanz@Novachem.com

Investors Relations: 
Patty Masry, 
Financial Reporting & Investor Relations Manager 
Patty.Masry@Novachem.com

Borealis
Media Relations: 
Virginia Mesicek, 
External Communications Manager
virginia.mesicek@Borealisgroup.com

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