Compelling Case Essential for Possible Nova Investment

AMPCO President Adam White speaks about high industrial energy rates at Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce event at the Lambton College Event Centre. April 7, 2014 BlackburnNews.com (Photo by Melanie Irwin)

Despite high energy costs, the Association of Major Power Consumers in Ontario is hopeful Nova will choose the Sarnia region for a possible “world scale” $1-billion polyethylene plant.

Speaking exclusively to Blackburn News, following a Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce event at the Lambton College Event Centre Monday, the associations president says a compelling case is needed.

Adam White says Sarnia-Lambton has a lot to offer and the area’s proximity to the United States, transportation networks and natural gas infrastructure could be enough to attract the investment.

He says while electricity may not be the main input cost for chemicals and petrochemicals it’s still an important factor when deciding where to locate a plant.

White says competitive electricity rates are a priority for AMPCO members to provide a stable investment climate.

While Sarnia-Lambton industry continues to be pretty robust, White says it has diminished from what it was.